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De leonardis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname De leonardis can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname De leonardis came from the Old German name Leonhard, which is composed of the elements lewo or lion and hardhu, which means strong, brave.

Early Origins of the De leonardis family


The surname De leonardis was first found in the city of Novara. Records show that the Leonardi family was one of the noble families in Novara until 1370, when they moved to Milan.

Early History of the De leonardis family


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De leonardis Spelling Variations


Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of De leonardis include Leonardis, Leonardi, Leonardo, Leonarda, Leinardi, Leinardo, Lonardi, Lonardo, Lunardi, Lunardo, Lenardi, Linardi, Linardo, De Leonardi, De Leonardis, Di Leonardi, Leonardelli, Leonardini, Leonarduzzi, Lunardelli, Lunardoni, Lunardon, Lenarduzzi, Lenardoni, Lenardon and many more.

Early Notables of the De leonardis family (pre 1700)


Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Count Giangiacomo Leonardi, a military engineer born in Pesaro in 1490. He directed the construction of the walls of Senigallia and in 1553 erected fortifications at Rome. Camillo Leonardi was a doctor in Pesaro during the early 16th century who wrote...
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Migration of the De leonardis family to the New World and Oceana


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name De leonardis:

De leonardis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elisabetta De Leonardis, aged 16, who settled in America from S. Elice Pianio, Italy, in 1907
  • Francesco De Leonardis, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Montesitrano, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio De Leonardis, aged 22, who landed in America from Rieiglcacio, Italy, in 1911
  • Francesco de Leonardis, aged 23, who landed in America from Putignano, Italy, in 1912
  • Alfonso De Leonardis, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Bucchianico, Italy, in 1912
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