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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 Giannone. 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 Giannone came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

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The surname Giannone 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.

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Giannone 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giannone research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1328, 1500, 1520, 1563, 1568, 1649, 1646, 1748, 1700, 1753, 1770 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Giannone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 345 words (25 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giannone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Giannone

Giannone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonina Giannone, aged 46, who landed in America from Burgio, in 1898

Giannone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Giannone, aged 9, who settled in America from Villabate, in 1900
  • Antonio Giannone, aged 23, who landed in America from Genoa, in 1905
  • Anna Giannone, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Rosciano, Teramo, in 1910
  • Angela Giannone, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Montella, Italy, in 1910
  • Angelo Giannone, aged 24, who landed in America from Modica, Italy, in 1911


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  • Salvatore Giannone (b. 1936), Italian gold medalist sprinter at the 1959 Summer Universiade
  • Luca Giannone (b. 1989), Italian footballer who has played professionally since 2009
  • Karin Giannone (b. 1974), South African-born, British main presenter of the weekend daytime coverage on BBC World News


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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