From this historical and fascinating Italian region have emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Dinegro family. Italian people were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary to adopt a second name as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The surname Dinegro is derived from the Italian word "negri" which means "black." It was most likely originally a nickname
for someone with a dark complexion, perhaps for an immigrant from northern Africa.
Early Origins of the Dinegro family
The surname Dinegro was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. One of the first records of the name was Carlo Negri di Pietra Santa who was a Bishop of the city in 929. Ferrar, a city in Emilia Romagna
is the capital of the province of Ferrara. Them city was at war with Venice
in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.
Early History of the Dinegro family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinegro research.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1626, 1882, 1544, 1585, 1616, 1624, 1623, 1698, 1663, 1666, 1480 and 1528 are included under the topic Early Dinegro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinegro Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Dinegro include Negri, Negro, Nigri, Nigris, Nigra, Negris, Negrelli, Negrotto, Negrello, Negroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Dinegro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaspare Negri, a Venetian painter whose only known painting entitled "Virgin with the Dead Christ and Saints" can be seen in Boston. Andalò Negro of Genoa was master of the famous poet and author Boccaccio. Iacopo Negretti was a Venetian painter who lived around... Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinegro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinegro family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Dinegro: Giovani Negro, who was naturalized in Wyoming in 1900; Addolorata Nigro, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Grottolella, Italy, in 1920; Agnese Nigro, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Bari, Italy, in 1921.
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