Tuscany, including the notable surname Fiora. 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 Fiora came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."
Early Origins of the Fiora family
Early History of the Fiora family
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Fiora Spelling Variations
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 Fiora include Fiore, Fiori, Fiora, Fior, Floris, Flores, Dal Fiore, Dalla Fior, Di Fiore, La Fiore, Fiorelli, Fiorello, Fiorella, Fiorellini, Fiorellino, Fiorillo, Fioriglio, Fioretti, Fioretto, Fioritto, Fiorotto, Fiorucci, Fioruzzi, Fioroni, Fiorone, Fiorani, Fioranti, Fiorasi and many more.
Early Notables of the Fiora family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Ridolfo "Aristotile" Fioravanti (1415-1486), an Italian Renaissance architect; Federico Fiori, a painter born in Urbino in 1535, who studied under Michelangelo and Vasari in Rome. Leonardo Fioravanti was a respected doctor in Bologna around this time; Angelo Maria Fiore was a cellist and composed...
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Migration of the Fiora family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Fiora: Maria Fiore, age 36, who arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro from Palermo, December 3, 1888, Stefano Fiore, who traveled on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22, 1893, Giuseppe Fiorella, who took the S.S. Italia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on 2 March 1913, as well as a bearer of Fiorelli who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fiora (post 1700)
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