Dino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Dino. 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 Dino 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 Dino family

The surname Dino 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 Dino family

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Dino 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 Dino include Dini, Dino, Dinelli, Dinello, and Dinissiaco. and others.

Early Notables of the Dino 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...
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United States Dino migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Dino:

Dino Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Hartman Dino, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dino (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Nicholas Dino (1940-2020), American prelate of the Ruthenian Catholic Church, Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix from 2008 to 2016
  • Sálvio Dino (d. 2020), Brazilian writer and politician who served as a Congressman
  • Luigi Dino Felisetti (1919-2021), Italian politician, member of the Italian Socialist Party, he served in the Chamber of Deputies from 1972 to 1987
  • Dino Crocetti (1917-1995), birth name of Dean Martin, American singer, film actor, television star and comedian, one of the members of the "Rat Pack"
  • Dino Zucchi (1927-2011), Italian basketball player who competed in the men's tournament at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Dino De Poli (1929-2020), Italian lawyer and politician
  • Dino Risi (1916-2008), Italian film director
  • Dino Grandi (1895-1988), 1st Count di Mordano, an Italian politician, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1929-1932), President of Chamber of Fasci and Corporations (1929-1943)
  • Dino Baggio (b. 1971), Italian former professional footballer
  • Dino Galvani (1890-1960), early Italian actor who was active from 1922 to 1960


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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