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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Donizetti. 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 Donizetti family lived in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.

Donizetti Early Origins



The surname Donizetti 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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Donizetti Spelling Variations


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

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Donizetti Early History


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Donizetti Early History



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

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Donizetti Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donizetti 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...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donizetti Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Donizetti 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donizetti (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donizetti (post 1700)



  • Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), Italian composer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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    The Donizetti Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donizetti 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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