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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Giovanni. 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 Giovanni came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

Giovanni Early Origins



The surname Giovanni was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), with Lapo Gianni in 1270. Gianni was a lyric poet and a friend of famous authors Dante and Cavalcanti.

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Giovanni Spelling Variations


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Giovanni Spelling Variations



Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Giovanni include Gianni, Giani, Ianni, Ianne, Ianno, Giannelli, Gianelli, Giannillo, Gianniello, Giannella, Gianella, Giannarelli, Giannetti, Gianetti, Gianettini, Giannetto, Gianetto, Giannitto, Giannini, Gianini, Giannino, Gianino, Iannetti, Ianetti, Iannitti, Iannacco and many more.

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Giovanni Early History


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Giovanni Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giovanni research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1328, 1500, 1520, 1563, 1568, 1649, 1646, 1748, 1700, 1753, 1770 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Giovanni History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Giovanni Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Giovanni Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Lapo Gianni (died after 1328) an Italian poet who lived in Florence, eleven ballads and six songs of his remain; Donato Giannotti, a political writer and historian in Florence around 1500; Giugio Pippi di Giannuzzi, a painter and architect who assisted Raphael. When Raphael...

Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giovanni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Giovanni

Giovanni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Giovanni, who arrived at the port of San Francisco in 1851
  • A Giovanni, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Carlos Ernesto Giovanni, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1867
  • Riboldi Giovanni, aged 35, arrived in Texas in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Giovanni (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Giovanni (post 1700)



  • Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni Jr. (b. 1943), American writer, commentator, activist, and educator
  • Joy Giovanni (b. 1978), American actress and glamor model
  • Joseph Di Giovanni, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952

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    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    The Giovanni Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giovanni Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 April 2016 at 08:22.

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