Show ContentsGilardi 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 Gilardi. 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 Gilardi came from the personal name Gerard, which was itself derived from the Old German Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Early Origins of the Gilardi family

The surname Gilardi was first found in Tuscany (Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy, in the northern area of the Garfagnana. Records can be found as early as 970, with the Gherardinghi family who owned the castles of Verrucola, Bibbiano, Bogli, San Romano, and Sommacologna.

Early History of the Gilardi family

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Gilardi Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Gilardi. These spelling variations include Gherardi, Gherardo, Gherardis, Ghirardi, Ghirardo, Gherlardi, Ghelardo, Ghilardi, Gerardi, Gheraldi, Ghiraldi, Ghiroldi, Geraldi, Geraldo, Geroldi, Giraldi, Giraldo, Ciraldo, Giraudo, Giraud, Girod, Giroldi, Gherardelli, Gherardini, Gherardinghi, Gerardini, Gerardello, Gherarducci, Gherardeschi, Della Gherardesca, Ghirardelli, Ghilardini, Ghelardini, Girardini, Girardin, Girardoni, Girardone, Girardengo, Geraldini and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilardi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Ugolino Della Gherardesca, a Pisan Ghibelline leader during the 13th century. The Gherardesca family of Pisa was one of the most powerful and respected families in the city at this time. Of this family was Pietro Gherardesca, Cardinal of Pisa with the title of San Susanna; also of this family was Ugolino Gherardesca, who was written about by Dante Alighieri. Guelfo Gerardini was head of the Guelph faction in Florence in 1358...
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United States Gilardi migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gilardi were

Gilardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antoina Gilardi, aged 18, who arrived in America from Modane, Italy, in 1904
  • Carlo Gilardi, aged 52, who arrived in America from Acena, Italy, in 1907
  • Edvardo Gilardi, aged 16, who arrived in America from Monteflavio, Rome, in 1909
  • Eugenio Gilardi, aged 22, who arrived in America from Monteflavio, Rome, in 1909
  • Enrico Gilardi, aged 26, who arrived in America from Magadino, Switzerland, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilardi (post 1700) +

  • Piero Gilardi (1942-2023), Italian-born, Swiss visual artist
  • Mauro Gilardi (b. 1982), Italian professional footballer
  • Luigi Gilardi (1897-1989), Italian cyclist who competed in the men's 50km event at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Enrico Gilardi (b. 1957), Italian gold, silver and bronze medalist basketball player
  • Gilardo Gilardi (1889-1963), Argentine composer, pianist, and conductor, eponym of the Gilardo Gilardi Conservatory of Music in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • Thierry Gilardi (1958-2008), French football commentator
  • Domenico Gilardi (1785-1845), Swiss architect who worked primarily in Moscow, Russia in Neoclassicist style, best known for his rebuild of Moscow University on Facebook