The Italian people originally used only a single name, but it became necessary for people to adopt a second name, or surname to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent in the Middle Ages. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
began in Italy 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. Giordano is generally considered to be a patronymic
surname created from the given name Jordan, originally the name of the river in used by John the Baptist for baptizing people.
Early Origins of the Giordano family
The surname Giordano was first found in Venice
(Italian: Venezia), and seaport occupying one of the most remarkable sites of the world. Centralizing on the Grand Canal the history of the city can be traced through the different styles of architecture Byzantine, Gothic, early Renaissance
and late Renaissance
. It is rich in ancient palaces, churches, libraries, galleries, monuments, statues, treasures and artifacts. Its history is abundant in politics, art, religion, scholarship and conflict. The ducal palace was commenced in 1309. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The Giordano family name was documented in Latin as far back as the II and III century under the names of Iordanes or Iordanus. Modern records show the surname Giordano in the city of Genoa in 1164, with Guglielmo Giordani, who was Ambassador to Federico Barbarossa, the German Emperor who had invaded northern Italy at this time.
Early History of the Giordano family
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Giordano Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Giordano, Giordani, Giordan, Giorda, Giordanengo, Zordani and many more.
Early Notables of the Giordano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Luca Giordano (1634-1705), an Italian late Baroque painter and etching printmaker; Baron
Antonio Giordano, who lived in Naples in 1683; Francisco Frederigo Giordani, Bishop of Benedetto in 1725; Giambattista Giordani, a famous military Captain who was successful in defending Pavia and leading an attack... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giordano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Giordano family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Giordano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Giovani Giordano who was naturalized in New York city in 1869
- Angelo Giordano, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1892
- Michelle Giordano, who was a passenger on the ship "EMS" that arrived in New York from Italy in 1893
- Angela Giordano, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Alfonso Giordano, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Naples, in 1897
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Contemporary Notables of the name Giordano (post 1700)
- JoAnn Giordano, American textile artist and curator
- Charles Giordano (b. 1954), American keyboardist and accordionist
- Dick Giordano (b. 1932), American comic book artist and editor
- Matteo Giordano (b. 1984), Italian footballer
- Fabio Marco Giordano (b. 1983), Italian footballer
- Daniele Giordano (b. 1991), Italian footballer
- Bruno Giordano (b. 1956), Italian football manager and former player
- Umberto Giordano (1867-1948), Italian composer
- Christian Giordano (b. 1945), Swiss anthropologist and sociologist
- Mark Giordano (b. 1983), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman