The Domenico family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. 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 Tuscany
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 Domenico family lived in Pistoia and date back to the mid 14th century, with Luca Dominici, who worked for the municipal government. In 1368, his father became Mayor of Tizzana.
Early Origins of the Domenico family
The surname Domenico was first found in Pistoia and dates back to the mid 14th century, with Luca Dominici, who worked for the municipal government. In 1368, his father became Mayor of Tizzana.
Early History of the Domenico family
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Domenico 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 Domenico include Domenico, Domenici, Dominici, Domeniconi, Dominelli, Dominiceti, Domeneghi, De Domenico, De Domenicis, De Dominici, De Dominicis, Di Domenico, Domeneghetti, Domenichini, Domeneghini, Dominigazzo, Domenegati and many more.
Early Notables of the Domenico family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Domenico Dominici of Venice
, who studied theology at the University of Padua during the mid 15th century; Paolo Dominici was an architect in Rome around 1560 among whose works is the church of San Calpellino.Later members include Antonio Dominici of Palermo, a famous painter... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Domenico Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Domenico family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Domenico: Arcoroli Domenico, who arrived in New York, NY in 1907, Bosoneto Domenico, who came to California in 1884, as well as Dona Domenico, who was Naturalized in Colorado in 1877..
Contemporary Notables of the name Domenico (post 1700)
- Cindy Domenico, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996
- Angelo Domenico, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1956
- Santo Domenico Versace (b. 1944), Italian businessman who is the president and co-chief executive officer of Gianni Versace SpA
- Thomas Domenico Santoro (1922-1975), American politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate, 1950-56; Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1960
- Francesco Domenico Chiarello (1898-2008), Italian Knight of Vittorio Veneto, one of the last two soldiers to see action in both World Wars, he lived to the age of 109
- Pasquale Domenico Rocco (b. 1970), retired Italian professional footballer, he represented Italy at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Giovanni Domenico Perotti (1761-1825), Italian composer
- Giovanni Domenico Ruffini (1807-1881), Italian poet and librettist
- Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi (1804-1873), Italian writer
- Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), Italian-born, French astronomer, eponym of numerous craters and Cassini's Laws
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