Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Floriani. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily 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, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Floriani family lived in the city of Naples, where records reveal that the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio in 1313.
Early Origins of the Floriani family
feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio.
Early History of the Floriani family
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Floriani Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Floriani include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.
Early Notables of the Floriani family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Floriani family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Floriani arrived in North America very early: Agostino Flori, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island from Guarcino, Italy, in 1913; Angela Flori, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island from Guarenco, Italy, in 1913.
Contemporary Notables of the name Floriani (post 1700)
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