Gentili History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gentili family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. 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 name Gentili is a nickname type of surname for a person of good manners and courteous nature derived from the Old French word "gentil."
Early Origins of the Gentili family
The surname Gentili was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in the arrondissement of d'Amiens, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
Important Dates for the Gentili family
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Gentili Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gentile, Gentille, Jentile, Jentille, Gentiles, Gentilles, Gentil, Jentiles, Jentilles, Chentile, Chentille, Chentiles, Chentilles, Chantile, Chantille, Chantilly, De Chantilly, Chantiles, Chantilles, Jentile, Jentille and many more.
Early Notables of the Gentili family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gentili family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacques Gentil, aged 41; settled in Louisiana in 1719; P. Gentil settled in San Francisco in 1852; and Pierre François Gentil, aged 32; settled in New York City in 1810..
Contemporary Notables of the name Gentili (post 1700)
- Antoine Gentili, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Antoine Gentili. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html