From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gamboni family. 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 common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Gamboni came from a person with some peculiarity of the legs or a strange walk. The surname Gambara is derived from the late Latin word gamba, which means knee, bend, or joint.
Early Origins of the Gamboni family
The surname Gamboni was first found in Venice
where as early as the 6th century, members of the Gambara family were leaders in the military.
Early History of the Gamboni family
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Gamboni Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Gamboni include Gamba, Gambi, Gambella, Gambelli, Gambetta, Gambetti, Gambitta, Gambino, Gambini, Gambin, Gambuzza, Gambozza, Gambato, Gambuti, Gambacorta, Gambadoro, Gambalesta, Gambalunga, Gambelunghe, Gambilongo, Gambacorti, Gambaloita, Gambarini, Gambazocca and many more.
Early Notables of the Gamboni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Veronica Gambara, a poet in Brescia around 1485 who was of a noble family and married the Lord of Correggio. Giovanni Gamba was a professor of literature at the University of Pisa; members of the Gambacorti family of Naples were recognized as nobility in... Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamboni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gamboni family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gamboni or a variant listed above:
Gamboni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G Gamboni, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Gamboni (post 1700)
- Nicola Saverio Gamboni, French prelate who was intruded into the see by Napoleon in 1801
- Pedro Gamboni (1825-1895), Chilean chemical engineer, known for his studies of saltpeter and iodine