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The Genuardi family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont 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, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Genuardi family lived in Genoa in Liguria. Genoa was one of the greatest seaports along the Mediterranean in the medieval era. Interestingly, the name was also a nickname for someone who was born or baptized in January and may have been derived from the Latin Janus.

Genuardi Early Origins



The surname Genuardi was first found in the 13th century, when Giovanni Genoese moved his family from Genoa to Reggio-Calabria. Genua, is the ancient Ligurian name for the modern Italian city of Genoa.

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Genuardi Spelling Variations


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Genuardi 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 characteristi c. 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 Genuardi include Genova, Genua, Genovese, Genovesi, Genoese, Genuardi, Genoino, Genoves and many more.

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Genuardi Early History


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Genuardi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Genuardi research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1491, 1563 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Genuardi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Genuardi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Genuardi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was the many members of the family from the Piedmontese tradition include 26 Senators and many Knights of Malta from the Genoese family of Reggio-Calabria. Lucchino Genoese was judge of Calabria in 1370; the Genoino family in Naples was recognized as one of the few...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Genuardi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Genuardi name or one of its variants: Antonio Genovese, settling in Texas in 1902 at the age of 21; Anna Genovese, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island from Barcellona, Italy, in 1923; Anna Genovese, aged 53, who arrived at Ellis Island from S Piero Patti, Sicily, in 1916.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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    The Genuardi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Genuardi Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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