Fiorentino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Fiorentino 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 Fiorentino family
The surname Fiorentino 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.
Important Dates for the Fiorentino family
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Fiorentino Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Fiorentino include Firenze, Fiorentino, Fiorentini, Fiorentin, Fiorentìn, Firenzuola and many more.
Early Notables of the Fiorentino 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 composer of secular songs, principally ballate; Niccol Fiorentino, a medallist from a family of goldsmiths, who lived in Florence around 1430; Giuliano Fiorentino was a 15th century Tuscan sculptor among whose...
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Fiorentino migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Fiorentino
Fiorentino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alesfio Fiorentino, aged 17, who landed in America from Polma, in 1906
- Alberto Fiorentino, aged 29, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1907
- Alesandro Fiorentino, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Caserta, Italy, in 1909
- Accursia Fiorentino, aged 18, who landed in America from Sciacca, Sicily, in 1909
- Accursia Fiorentino, aged 7, who settled in America from Sciacca, Sicily, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fiorentino (post 1700)
- Nicole Fiorentino (b. 1979), American bass guitarist
- Jeffrey Philip Fiorentino (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball outfielder
- Albert M. Fiorentino (1917-2001), American NFL football guard
- Linda Fiorentino (b. 1958), American actress
- Marty Fiorentino, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008 
- Heather Fiorentino (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 46th District, 1999- 
- Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998), Italian classical pianist
- Jon Paul Fiorentino, Canadian poet, novelist and short story writer
- Peter N. Fiorentino (b. 1968), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman
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