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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Dionisi. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Dionisi family lived in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.

Dionisi Early Origins



The surname Dionisi was first found in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.

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Dionisi Spelling Variations


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Dionisi 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 Dionisi include Dionisio, Dioniso, Donio, Dionisotti, Dionisi, Dionis, Doniso, Donisi, D'Onise, D'Onisi, Addonisio, Addonizio, Denisi, Dionigi and many more.

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Dionisi Early History


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Dionisi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dionisi research. More information is included under the topic Early Dionisi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dionisi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dionisi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Paolo Dionisi of Verona during the 16th century, who studied at the University of Padua and became a teacher of medicine; Filippo Lorenzo Dionisi of Rome was a theologian and philosopher with exceptional...

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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dionisi or a variant listed above:

Dionisi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adele Dionisi, aged 26, who settled in America from Fario Rsaro, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Dionisi, aged 31, who landed in America from Canterano, Roma, in 1909
  • Achille Dionisi, aged 29, who landed in America from Porto S. Giorgio, Italy, in 1913
  • Alfredo Dionisi, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Canderano, Italy, in 1913
  • Amedeo Dionisi, aged 41, who settled in America from Amelia, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Dionisi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dionisi Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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