The distinguished surname Dreassi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of
. The people here were known by only a single name until it became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed
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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Dreassi is a
surname, a name derived from the father's given name. The surname Dreassi came from the Greek given name Andreas, which is a name that means manly. The given name Andreas is itself derived from the Greek words aner, andrós, which mean man, and by extension warrior.
The surname Dreassi was first found in Friuli (Venetian: Friul), an area of northeastern Italy in 1150 with the Andriotti family. This family was known for ownership of several castles in the region, and in 1210 they were made nobility.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dreassi research.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1401, 1413, 1462, 1467, 1474, 1498, 1470, 1553, 1500, 1548, 1584, 1576, 1591, 1548, 1624, 1562, 1604, 1576, 1654, 1614, 1713, 1724, 1741, 1737, 1755, 1760, 1765, 1763 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Dreassi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Dreassi include Andradi, Andrasi, Andre, Andrea, Andreacchio, Andreadi, Andrean, Andreanelli, Andreani, Andreasi, Andretti, Andrei, Andreis, Andrello, Andreol, Andreola, Andreoletti, Andreoli, Andreolo, Andreotta, Andreotti, Andretta, Andreucci, Andreutti, Andreuzzi, Andri, Andria, Andriani, Andrich, Andrini, Andriola, Andrioli, Andriolli, D'Andre, D'Andrea, De Andre, De Andrea, De Andreis, Dreani, Dreas, Dreassi, Drei, Dreini, Dreoni, Dreossi, Dri, Drioli, Drius, Driussi, Driusso and many more.
Prominent among members of the family was Giorgio Andreoli (c.
1470 - 1553), Italian potter generally considered to be the most important potter of the Italian Renaissance; Iacomo Andrea (d. 1500), an Italian architect from Ferrara, beheaded for plotting against the French; Francesco Andreini, a valiant soldier in Pistoia in 1548... Another 302 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dreassi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Immigrants bearing the name Dreassi or a variant listed above include: Achille Andreassi, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Villa S. Ang., Aquila, in 1909; Angelo Andreassi, aged 16, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Prata dAnti Donia, Italy, in 1912.