A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Giovannelli. 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 Giovannelli came from the personal name
Giovanni, or John.
Early Origins of the Giovannelli family
The surname Giovannelli 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 Giovannelli family
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Giovannelli 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 Giovannelli. These spelling variations
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 Giovannelli 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 and architect who worked with the famous painter Raphael. Much of his work can be found today in his home town of Udine.
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Migration of the Giovannelli family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Giovannelli were
Giovannelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonis Giovannelli, aged 18, who landed in America from Alafri, Italy, in 1907
- Basilio Giovannelli, aged 44, who settled in America from Lucca, in 1907
- Antonio Giovannelli, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Rioisoudolf. Italy, in 1910
- Attilio Giovannelli, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from S. Severo, Italy, in 1911
- Ausilio Giovannelli, aged 27, who landed in America from Pistoia, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Giovannelli (post 1700)
- Benedetto Giovannelli (1602-1676), Italian architect from Siena who was commissioned in 1660 by Pope Alexander VII to build a new marble façade for the church of San Raimondo
- Ruggiero Giovannelli (1560-1625), Italian composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras
- Paolo Giovannelli (b. 1960), retired Italian professional footballer
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