The distinguished surname Gigliano can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Gigliano came from the female given name Elizabeth.
Early Origins of the Gigliano family
The surname Gigliano was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was when Gigliolo Giglioli was listed there in 1185.
Gigliano 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 Gigliano include Gigli, Giglio, Giglia, Ziglio, Zeggio, De Giglio, Giglietti, Giglietto, Giglietta, Gigliucci, Giglioli, Gigliotti, Giglione, Gigliano, Gigliuto, Zigliotto and many more.
Early Notables of the Gigliano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giacomo Giglioli, the Councillor to Nicol D'Este, who then gave him the title of Count. Malatesta Giglioli was governor of Melara in 1476; Desiderio Giglioli of Ferrara who was a bishop at this time; Giovanni Giglioli wjo acquired the title of Count, which was... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gigliano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gigliano family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gigliano were Antonio Giglio, who arrived in New York city in 1891, Guiseppe Gigliola, who arrived in New York city in 1900, Angelo Gigliotti, who arrived in New York city in 1891, Rosario Gigliotti, who was recorded in Fresno county, California in 1897, as well as Paul Gigliotto, a soldier Naturalized at Camp Pike, Arkansas in 1918.