A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Gherardini. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany
. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal
System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Gherardini came from the personal name
Gerard, which was itself derived from the Old German Gerhard, which means spear-brave.
Early Origins of the Gherardini family
The surname Gherardini was first found in Tuscany
(Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy, in the northern area of the Garfagnana. Records can be found as early as 970, with the Gherardinghi family who owned the castles of Verrucola, Bibbiano, Bogli, San Romano, and Sommacologna.
Early History of the Gherardini family
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Gherardini Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Gherardini are Gherardi, Gherardo, Gherardis, Ghirardi, Ghirardo, Gherlardi, Ghelardo, Ghilardi, Gerardi, Gheraldi, Ghiraldi, Ghiroldi, Geraldi, Geraldo, Geroldi, Giraldi, Giraldo, Ciraldo, Giraudo, Giraud, Girod, Giroldi, Gherardelli, Gherardini, Gherardinghi, Gerardini, Gerardello, Gherarducci, Gherardeschi, Della Gherardesca, Ghirardelli, Ghilardini, Ghelardini, Girardini, Girardin, Girardoni, Girardone, Girardengo, Geraldini and many more.
Early Notables of the Gherardini family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Ugolino Della Gherardesca, a Pisan Ghibelline leader during the 13th century. The Gherardesca family of Pisa was one of the most powerful and respected families in the city at this time. Of this family was Pietro Gherardesca, Cardinal of Pisa with the title of... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gherardini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gherardini family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Gherardini:
Gherardini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Desolina Gherardini, aged 15, who landed in America from Fanano, in 1903
- Federico Gherardini, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Sestola, in 1906
- Angiolo Gherardini, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Lambuca, Italy, in 1908
- Agostino Gherardini, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Firenzo, Italy, in 1909
- Alessio Gherardini, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Sambuca, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gherardini (post 1700)
- Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), Italian woman depicted in Da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting
- Maurizio "Mo" Gherardini (b. 1955), Italian sportsman, vice president and an assistant general manager for the Toronto Raptors
- Alessandro Gherardini (1655-1723), Italian painter of the Baroque period