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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Giacomo. 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 Giacomo came from the Italian form of the biblical patriarch, Jacob.

Giacomo Early Origins



The surname Giacomo was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the original branch of the family emerged.

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Giacomo Spelling Variations


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Giacomo Spelling Variations



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 Giacomo include DiGiacomo, Giacalone, Giacardi, Giacaz, Giaccaglia, Giaccaglini, Giaccardi, Giaccheri, Giacchetti, Giacchi, Giacchin, Giacchini, Giacco, Giacconi, Giacheri, Giachi, Giachini, Giaco, Giacobazzi, Giacob, Giacobbi, Giacobelli, Giacobini, Giacobo, Giacomazzo, Giacomello, Giacometti, Giacomini, Giacomo, Giacovani, Giacovazzo, Giacovelli, Giappichini, Iachelli, Iachetta, Iachi, Iachino, Iacini, Iaco, Iacobacci, Iacobbi, Iacobelli, Iacobini, Iacobitti, Iacobone, Iacoboni, Iicolo, Iacomelli, Iacometti, Iacomi, Iacomini, Iacomino, Iacomo, Iacomoni, Iacone, Iacovacci, Iacovelli, Iacovini, Iacovo, Iacovne, Iacovucci, Iacuelli, Iacullo, Iacuvelli, Iacuzzi, Iapichelli, Iappichini, Zacchetti, Zacchi, Zacco and many more.

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Giacomo Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Giacomo Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Giacomino da Verona who was a Franciscan friar and a poet of the late 13th century. Dante's Paradiso and the Inferno were...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Giacomo arrived in North America quite early: Peter Giacoletto, who arrived in Indiana in 1892; Caroline Giacinto arrived in Allegheny in 1888; Giuseppe Giacommoni arrived in 1855; Ralph Giacomo arrived in New York in 1884.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Giacomo (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Giacomo (post 1700)



  • William J. Giacomo, American Democrat politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 9th District; Elected 2004
  • John Giacomo, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952; Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1954; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1956

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    11. ...

    The Giacomo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giacomo 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 09:42.

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