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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.

Fiorenza Early Origins



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.

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Fiorenza Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fiorenza Early History


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Fiorenza Early History



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

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Fiorenza Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fiorenza Early Notables (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...

Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fiorenza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fiorenza (post 1700)


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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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    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fiorenza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fiorenza 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 December 2013 at 10:58.

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