From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Floriano. 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 Floriano 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 Floriano family
The surname Floriano was first found in as early as 1313 when the Florio family received the feudal
territories of Persano and Sandionisio.
Early History of the Floriano family
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Floriano Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Floriano include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.
Early Notables of the Floriano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Sebastiano Florigerio, a painter in 1500 who studied in Udine. At the start of his career, he worked without pay because he wished to marry the daughter of his master. His works can be seen in Udine, Florence, Padua, Venice
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Migration of the Floriano family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Floriano 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.