A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Dinelli. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany
. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal
System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Dinelli came from the name Dino, which is in turn a pet form of many personal names with the ending "dino" or "dini."
Early Origins of the Dinelli family
The surname Dinelli was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where records date back to the year 1283, when Taddeo Dini dedicated his life to the Catholic Church.
Early History of the Dinelli family
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Dinelli Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Dinelli include Dini, Dino, Dinelli, Dinello, and Dinissiaco. and others.
Early Notables of the Dinelli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Dini, a Florentine politician during the 14th century. Pietro Dini was an ecclesiastic in Florence during the 16th century; Pietro di Agostino Dini... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinelli family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Dinelli: Abdo Dini, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Saidneya, Turkey in 1914; Alberto Dini, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island
in 1892; and Cemira Dini, aged 43, who arrived at Ellis Island
Contemporary Notables of the name Dinelli (post 1700)
- Mel Dinelli (1912-1991), American writer for theatre, radio, film and magazines
- Leonardo Martins Dinelli Zada (b. 1977), Brazilian footballer