From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Donio. 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 Donio family lived in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.
Early Origins of the Donio family
The surname Donio was first found in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.
Early History of the Donio family
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Donio 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 Donio include Dionisio, Dioniso, Donio, Dionisotti, Dionisi, Dionis, Doniso, Donisi, D'Onise, D'Onisi, Addonisio, Addonizio, Denisi, Dionigi and many more.
Early Notables of the Donio family (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... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donio family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Donio or a variant listed above: Antonio Donis, age 22, who arrived in New York city in 1820; Achille Dionisi, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Porto S. Giorgio, Italy, in 1913.