The Fiorentìn family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. 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 Tuscany
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.
Early Origins of the Fiorentìn family
The surname Fiorentìn was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the main branch of the family has its roots. Records have been found as early as 1421, when Vespasiano Fiorentini was a bookseller and biographer in the city.
Early History of the Fiorentìn family
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Fiorentìn 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 Fiorentìn include Firenze, Fiorentino, Fiorentini, Fiorentin, Fiorentìn, Firenzuola and many more.
Early Notables of the Fiorentìn family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Andrea da Firenze (Andreas da Florentia) (died 1415), an Italian composer and organist of the late medieval era, Along with Francesco Landini and Paolo da Firenze, he was a leading representative of the Italian ars nova style of the Trecento, and was a prolific... Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fiorentìn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fiorentìn family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Fiorentìn: Francis Florence, who arrived in the United States in 1764; Alessandro Firenze, aged 41, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Carro, Italy in 1912; Angela Firenze, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Codogne, Parma in 1905.