Giovanèlli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Giovanèlli. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Giovanèlli came from the personal name Giovanni, or John.

Early Origins of the Giovanèlli family

The surname Giovanèlli was first found in Siena, an historically important city of Tuscany. However, the name has spread all over Italy and comes in many forms.

Early History of the Giovanèlli family

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Giovanèlli Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Giovanèlli. These spelling variations include Giovani, Giovanni, Gioani, Di Giovanni, Della Giovanna, Giovanèlli, Giovanelli, Giovanella, Giovanétti, Giovanetti, Giovannini, Giovagnetti, Giovanitti, Gioannola, Giovannone, Giovanone, Giovanazzi, Giovannacci, Giovanaz, Giovannardi, Giovannla and many more.

Early Notables of the Giovanèlli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni dalle Celle from Tuscany, born in 1310, was a monk noted for his excellent translations of ancient writers such as Cicero. His letters still exist and serve to illustrate the daily life of monks during this period. Giovanni de Udine was a painter and architect who worked with the famous painter Raphael. Much of his work can be found today in his home town of Udine. Giovanni Bocaccio, was a literary contemporary of Petrarch and wrote an eloquent description of...
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United States Giovanèlli migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Giovanèlli were

Giovanèlli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bortolo Giovanelli, aged 25, who settled in America from Italy, in 1902
  • Angelo Giovanelli, aged 1, who landed in America from Jaino. Italy, in 1905
  • Agostino Giovanelli, aged 38, who landed in America from Storo, Italy, in 1909
  • Attilio Giovanelli, aged 17, who landed in America from St. Severs, Italy, in 1909
  • Andres Giovanelli, aged 13, who immigrated to the United States from Oruano, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Giovanèlli (post 1700) +

  • Gordon "Gordy" Stephen Giovanelli (b. 1925), American gold medalist rower who competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Riccardo Giovanelli PhD., Italian-born Professor in Astronomy at Cornell University, recipient of the Henry Draper Medal from the National Academy of Sciences (1989)
  • Miriam Giovanelli (b. 1989), Italian actress and model
  • Massimo Giovanelli (b. 1967), former Italian rugby union player
  • Ronaldo Soares Giovanelli (b. 1967), Brazilian football goalkeeper on Facebook
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