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The distinguished surname Ghio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. 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. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Ghio came from the Italian personal name "Guido." The personal name Guido is derived from the Germanic first name Wido, Wito, in turn derived from Widu, which is an abbreviated pet name of a number of proper names including Witpald, Widbert and Widbald. The Germanic element Widu is actually translated into English as wood.


The surname Ghio was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records are found in 1097 with Giacomo di Filippo Guidotti, who was the Bishop of Imola.

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Ghio include Guidi, Guido, Ghio, Guidelli, Guidarelli, Guidetti, Guidini, Guidarini, Guidicini, Guiducci, Guiduzzi, Guidotti, Guidalotti, Guidoni, Guidone, Guidastri, Gui, Ghidelli, Ghidetti, Ghidini, Ghidoli, Ghidotti, Ghidoni, Ghiotti, Ghiotto, Ghilotto, Ghioni, Ghione, Ghini, Ghion, Guidobaldi, Guidobon, Guidobono and many more.


Prominent among members of the family was Tomaso de Giovanni de Simone Guidi, better known as Masaccio. Born in 1401 in Florence, he became a painter and had a large influence on Michelangelo. Among his famous works is the Branacci chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence...

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Ghio:

Ghio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Ghio, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808

Ghio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfredo Ghio, aged 30, who landed in America from Carrara Massa Cerrara, in 1900
  • Antonio Ghio, aged 3, who settled in America from Riva Trigoro, in 1903
  • Agostino Ghio, aged 34, who landed in America from Riva Erigoso, in 1903
  • Audrea Ghio, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Chrittoforo, Italy, in 1912
  • Adalgisa Ghio, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Sestri Lerante (Genora), Italy, in 1913
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  • Joseph J. Ghio, American politician, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, 1977-78, 1980-81
  • Antonio L. Ghio (1832-1917), American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Texas, 1882-86; Real estate business

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    Other References

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    4. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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    6. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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    The Ghio Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Ghio 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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