From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Diano family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although 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, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Diano came from person employed as a Dean, who was an ecclesiastical official. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form "decanus," which originally meant a leader of ten men, which comes from the word "decem," which means ten. The name has traveled widely in many forms throughout Europe.
Early Origins of the Diano family
The surname Diano was first found in Piacenza, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time, and earliest records date back to 1152, when Pietro Diani was extremely dedicated to the church, with desires to rise one day to the Papal throne. Although he became a very influential member in the church, this ascension was not made.
Early History of the Diano family
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Diano Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Diano include Degani, Degano, Deganis, Degàn, Degan, De Gan, Deàn, Diano, Diani, Dal Degan, Deganutti, Deganùt, Deganut and many more.
Early Notables of the Diano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaspare di Diano, born in Caserta in 1390, who owned many castles in Terra di Lavoro and in 1431 was called to Rome by Pope Eugenio IV to reform the Roman clergy. Nicola di Diano was a nobleman and ecclesiastic from Caserta in the... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Diano family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Diano:
Contemporary Notables of the name Diano (post 1700)
- Elizabeth Diano, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html