A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Giovenello. 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 Giovenello came from the personal name
Giovanni, or John.
Early Origins of the Giovenello family
The surname Giovenello 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 Giovenello family
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Giovenello 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 Giovenello. 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 Giovenello 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 Giovenello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Giovenello family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Giovenello were Anthony Giovanelli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1805; Joseph Giovanelli, who arrived in Georgia in 1735; Riboldi Giovanni arrived in Texas in 1864.