The Fiorenza 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 Fiorenza family
The surname Fiorenza 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.
Early History of the Fiorenza family
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Fiorenza 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 Fiorenza. These spelling variations
include Firenze, Fiorentino, Fiorentini, Fiorentin, Fiorentìn, Firenzuola and many more.
Early Notables of the Fiorenza 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... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fiorenza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fiorenza family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fiorenza were
Fiorenza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Fiorenza, aged 29, who settled in America from Italy, in 1900
- Antonia Fiorenza, aged 40, who landed in America from Cantonia, Italy, in 1901
- Antonio Fiorenza, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Policastro, in 1901
- Andrea Fiorenza, aged 50, who settled in America from Italy, in 1903
- Antonio Fiorenza, aged 28, who landed in America from Castanzaro, Italy, in 1904
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fiorenza (post 1700)
- Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, the Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School
- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (b. 1938), American feminist theologian
- Victoria Marie "Tori" Fiorenza (b. 1986), American beauty queen and reality television personality
- Joseph Anthony Fiorenza (b. 1931), American prelate of the Catholic Church, the seventh Bishop and the first Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
- Nicola Fiorenza (1700-1764), Italian violinist and composer
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