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Firenzuola History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Firenzuola 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 Firenzuola family

The surname Firenzuola 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 Firenzuola family

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Firenzuola Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Firenzuola include Firenze, Fiorentino, Fiorentini, Fiorentin, Fiorentìn, Firenzuola and many more.

Early Notables of the Firenzuola 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...
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Migration of the Firenzuola family to the New World and Oceana

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Firenzuola: 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.

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