Giampaolo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Giampaolo. 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 Giampaolo came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

Early Origins of the Giampaolo family

The surname Giampaolo was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), with Lapo Gianni in 1270. Gianni was a lyric poet and a friend of famous authors Dante and Cavalcanti.

Early History of the Giampaolo family

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Giampaolo 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 characteristic. 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 Giampaolo include Gianni, Giani, Ianni, Ianne, Ianno, Giannelli, Gianelli, Giannillo, Gianniello, Giannella, Gianella, Giannarelli, Giannetti, Gianetti, Gianettini, Giannetto, Gianetto, Giannitto, Giannini, Gianini, Giannino, Gianino, Iannetti, Ianetti, Iannitti, Iannacco and many more.

Early Notables of the Giampaolo family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Lapo Gianni (died after 1328) an Italian poet who lived in Florence, eleven ballads and six songs of his remain; Donato Giannotti, a political writer and historian in Florence around 1500; Giugio Pippi di Giannuzzi, a painter and architect who assisted Raphael. When Raphael died in 1520, Giannuzzi completed the Transfiguration in the Vatican at Rome. Antonio Giannotti was Bishop of Forlì in 1563, and of Urbino in 1568; Antonio Gianettini, born in Venice in 1649, was a composer of operas, cantatas, oratorios...
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United States Giampaolo migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Giampaolo were found:

Giampaolo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonio Giampaolo, aged 26, who settled in America from Aourla, Italy, in 1904
  • Crovato Giampaolo, aged 29, who settled in America from Finonefredd, Italy, in 1907
  • Domenico Giampaolo, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Pizzsni, Italy, in 1909
  • Donata Giampaolo, aged 23, who landed in America from Villetta Barrea, Italy, in 1909
  • Casimiro Giampaolo, aged 33, who settled in America from Marinco, Sicily, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Giampaolo (post 1700) +

  • Marco Giampaolo (b. 1967), Italian association football manager
  • Federico Giampaolo (b. 1970), Italian footballer
  • Sebastian Giampaolo (b. 1959), Australian former association football player
  • Admiral Giampaolo di Paola (b. 1944), Italian naval officer and politician, Minister of Defence (2011-2013), Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (2008-2011)
  • Giampaolo Mazza (b. 1956), Italian manager of the San Marino national football team
  • Giampaolo Menichelli (b. 1938), retired Italian footballer
  • Giampaolo Morelli (b. 1974), Italian actor, director, and screenwriter
  • Giampaolo Pozzo (b. 1941), Italian businessman on Facebook
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