A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Gioani. 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 Gioani came from the personal name
Giovanni, or John.
Early Origins of the Gioani family
The surname Gioani was first found in Siena, an historically important city of Tuscany
. However, the name has spread all over Italy and comes in many forms.
Early History of the Gioani family
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Gioani 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 Gioani include Giovani, Giovanni, Gioani, Di Giovanni, Della Giovanna, Giovanèlli, Giovanelli, Giovanella, Giovanétti, Giovanetti, Giovannini, Giovagnetti, Giovanitti, Gioannola, Giovannone, Giovanone, Giovanazzi, Giovannacci, Giovanaz, Giovannardi, Giovannla and many more.
Early Notables of the Gioani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni dalle Celle from Tuscany
, born in 1310, was a monk noted for his excellent translations of ancient writers such as Cicero. His letters still exist and serve to illustrate the daily life of monks during this period. Giovanni de Udine was a painter... Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gioani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gioani family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Gioani arrived in North America quite early: Anthony Giovanelli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1805; Joseph Giovanelli, who arrived in Georgia in 1735; Riboldi Giovanni arrived in Texas in 1864.