Giannattasio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 Giannattasio. 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 Giannattasio came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.
Early Origins of the Giannattasio family
The surname Giannattasio 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 Giannattasio family
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Giannattasio 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 Giannattasio 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 Giannattasio 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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Migration of the Giannattasio family
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Giannattasio: Antonio Giannuzio and Leonardo Giannietta, who sailed aboard the S.S. Olympia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on 25 July 1896, Peter Gianinni, who is on record in Santa Clara county, California in 1854, as well as Antonio and Bernardino Giannella, who were both Naturalized in Ashtabula County, Ohio between the years 1875-1906..
Contemporary Notables of the name Giannattasio (post 1700) +
- Dan Giannattasio (b. 1972), American sound engineer from Bethpage, New York
- Andrea Giannattasio (b. 1973), Italian producer from Busto Arsizio, Italy, known for his work on Jupiter Effect, Lôi Báo (2017) and Vilsen (2016)
- Gabriella Giannattasio, Italian two-time National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award nominated Casting Director
- Pasquale Giannattasio (1941-2002), Italian sprinter who won a gold medal in the 50 m at the 1967 European Indoor Games and later two more gold medals
- Carmen Giannattasio (b. 1975), Italian operatic soprano who studied at the Conservatoire Domenico Cimarosa of Avellino and simultaneously at the University of Salerno
- Luis Giannattasio Finocchietti (1894-1965), Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay (1964 to 1965)
Historic Events for the Giannattasio family +
Triangle Waist Company
- Mrs. Catherine Giannattasio (b. 1889), "nee Buona", Italian garment worker who was working at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she died in the fire 
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