Rènzi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Rènzi. 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 Rènzi came from the given name Lorenzo, which is derived from the Latin name Laurentius. The Latin name Laurentia was given to the inhabitants of a very ancient pre-Latin city by the name of Laurentum.
Early Origins of the Rènzi family
The surname Rènzi was first found in the city of Florence.
Early History of the Rènzi family
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Rènzi 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 Rènzi include Laurènzi, Lorenzi, Lorenzo,Laurenzi, Laurèntis, Laurentis, De Lorenzo, Di Lorenzo, De Lorenzis, De Laurenzis, De Laurentis, Lorenzetti, Lorenzetto, Lorenzini, Lorenzìn, Lorenzin, Lorenzni, Lorenn, Lorenzato, Lorenzutti, Lorenzùt, Rènzi, De Renzi, De Renzis, Rènsi, Renzo, Renza, Renzetti, Renzini, Renzni, Renzulli and many more.
Early Notables of the Rènzi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Bernardo Di Lorenzo, who became a prior in 1479; Lorenzo il Magnifico (1449-1492), a highly educated man and an ambassador to Rome and Naples. Ambrogio Lorenzetti was a Florentine painter born in 1290 who was highly influenced by the artistic style of the Byzantines. He died tragically...
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Migration of the Rènzi family
Early records show that people bearing the name Rènzi arrived in North America quite early: Thomas Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778; Maria Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1779; Carlo Lorenzetti arrived in Allegheny Pennsylvania in 1892.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rènzi (post 1700) +
- Grace Renzi (1922-2011), born Grace Kantuser, an American painter
- Michael E. "Mike" Renzi (b. 1946), American seven-time Daytime Emmy-winning composer, pianist, arranger, and musical director
- Rick Renzi (b. 1958), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Arizona 1st District, 2003-09 
- David A. Renzi, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 48th District, 2008 
- Alex R. Renzi, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District; Elected 2009 
- Pina Renzi (1901-1984), Italian film actress who appeared in 56 films between 1933 and 1959
- Matteo Renzi (b. 1975), Italian politician, Mayor of Florence
- Eva Renzi (1944-2005), born Evelyn Renziehausen, German actress
- Carli Renzi (b. 1982), Australian judo competitor and wrestler at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
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