Gentilani History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Gentilani family
The surname Gentilani was first found in Calabria and Sicily. Ancient Calabria was in Lecce. Modern Calabria is in the southern extremity of Italy coasting the straits of Messina. The base of the name Gentile, was derived from an original nickname or appellation consists of gentle, and "noble and courteous in the way we feel and behave."
Early History of the Gentilani family
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Gentilani Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gentile, Gentili, Gentil, Gentilucci, Gentileschi, Gentilini and many more.
Early Notables of the Gentilani family (pre 1700)
By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated the Austrians, and the region came under Spanish rule once more. In 1799, the French invaded Naples and in 1806, Napoleon's brother Joseph was made king, but this hold on Italy was not to last. In 1813 the Congress Of Vienna restored pre-Napoleonic rule. Among prominent bearers of this surname...
Migration of the Gentilani family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Achille Gentile, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island from Campotant, Italy, in 1912; Agostino Gentile, aged 4, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1896; Agostino Gentile, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island from Campobello, Sicily, in 1910.