The distinguished surname Ermanis originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although the people here were originally known by a single name, 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 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. One of the most common types of family name created at this time was the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. The surname Ermanis came from the given name Armani. The personal name
Armani is derived from the Germanic name Harman, which itself is derived from the Germanic words "hari" and "mann," which means "man of force."
Early Origins of the Ermanis family
The surname Ermanis was first found in the city of Perugia in the 10th century, where members of the Armano family were counts and landowners.
Early History of the Ermanis family
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Ermanis Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Ermanis include Arman, Armani, Armanini, Armanni, Armanno, Armano, D'Arman, Armannino, Armannini, Armanino, Erman, Ermani, Ermanis, Ermanni, Ermanno and many more.
Early Notables of the Ermanis family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pier Martire Armani (1613-1669), Italian painter from Reggio during the Baroque period; Vincenza Armani, who lived in Venice
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Migration of the Ermanis family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ermanis or a variant listed above: John Arman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; Giovanni Armano, age 23, who arrived in America on April 2, 1881, aboard the "Ville De Marseille".