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Where did the Italian Fioravante family come from? What is the Italian Fioravante family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fioravante family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fioravante family history?

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Fioravante. 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 Fioravante came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."

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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 Fioravante. These spelling variations 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.

First found in Pistoia, when a Fioravante was a member of the government council in the city.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fioravante research. More information is included under the topic Early Fioravante History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 317 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fioravante Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fioravante were 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..

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  • Signore Giuseppe Bertoldo Fioravante (d. 1912), aged 23, English Asst. Scullion from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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The Fioravante Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fioravante Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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