The Firenze 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 Firenze family
The surname Firenze 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 Firenze family
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Firenze Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Firenze are Firenze, Fiorentino, Fiorentini, Fiorentin, Fiorentìn, Firenzuola and many more.
Early Notables of the Firenze 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 Firenze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Firenze family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Firenze: Francis Florence, who arrived in the United States in 1764; Alessandro Firenze, aged 41, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Carro, Italy in 1912; Angela Firenze, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Codogne, Parma in 1905.
Contemporary Notables of the name Firenze (post 1700)
- Lorenzo da Firenze (d. 1372), Italian composer and music teacher of the Trecento
- Andrea da Firenze (d. 1415), Italian composer and organist
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