Giardino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Giardino. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Giardino is a common occupational name for a cultivator of edible produce in an orchard or kitchen garden, rather than to a tender of ornamental lawns and flower-beds. The surname Giardino was originally rendered in Old French as Gardin.

Early Origins of the Giardino family

The surname Giardino was first found in at Ravenna, a prosperous port city which at one time was the capital city of Italy. Records are found with the Giardini family in the 13th century.

Early History of the Giardino family

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Giardino Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Giardino include Giardino, Giardini, Giardina, Iardino, Giardinella, Giardinaro and many more.

Early Notables of the Giardino family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Bruno Giardini, a famous poet and orator. Another Bruno Giardini was also a poet, and was active during the 16th century. Luigi Arias Giardina acquired the territory, and thus the title of Baron, of San Ninfa in the valley of Mazzara in 1615. In 1621 he was granted with the...
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United States Giardino migration to the United States +

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

Giardino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelo Giardino, aged 56, who settled in America from Caniotti, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonino Giardino, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Nato Messina, in 1910
  • Angelo Giardino, aged 1, who landed in America from Campereale, Sicily, in 1910
  • Alfonso Giardino, aged 16, who immigrated to America from Cleto, Italy, in 1911
  • Americo Giardino, aged 20, who landed in America from Rocca, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Giardino (post 1700) +

  • Gaetano Giardino (1864-1935), Italian Marshal of Italy during World War I
  • Wayne Giardino (1943-2021), Canadian CFL football player and coach from Peterborough, Ontario
  • Walter Giardino (b. 1960), Argentine guitarist, composer and leader of the heavy metal and hard rock band Rata Blanca


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