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The distinguished surname Donaldo originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 the Papal States 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 Donaldo family lived in the city of Assisi in 1160.

Early Origins of the Donaldo family


The surname Donaldo was first found in the region of Umbria, where earliest records show that a Donato lived in the city of Assisi in 1160 and was of the Guelph faction.

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Early History of the Donaldo family

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Early History of the Donaldo family


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Donaldo Spelling Variations

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Donaldo 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 Donaldo include Donato, Donati, Dona, De Donato, De Dona, Di Donato, Donatelli, Donatello, Donatini, Donadini, Donatoni, Donadoni and many more.

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Early Notables of the Donaldo family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Donaldo family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family was Corso Donati, involved in the Florentine government during the 13th century, who was considered to be one of the most popular and reformist politicians for 25 years. Simone Donati of Florence was an outspoken members of the Guelph faction in Florence at this time...
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Migration of the Donaldo family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Donaldo family to the New World and Oceana


Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Donaldo or a variant listed above: Francas Donato, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 46; Achille DiDonato, aged 6, who arrived at Ellis Island from Barisciano, Italy, in 1914.

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