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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 Girardin. 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 Girardin came from the personal name Gerard, which was itself derived from the Old German Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Girardin Early Origins



The surname Girardin was first found in Tuscany (Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy, in the northern area of the Garfagnana. Records can be found as early as 970, with the Gherardinghi family who owned the castles of Verrucola, Bibbiano, Bogli, San Romano, and Sommacologna.

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Girardin Spelling Variations


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Girardin Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Girardin include Gherardi, Gherardo, Gherardis, Ghirardi, Ghirardo, Gherlardi, Ghelardo, Ghilardi, Gerardi, Gheraldi, Ghiraldi, Ghiroldi, Geraldi, Geraldo, Geroldi, Giraldi, Giraldo, Ciraldo, Giraudo, Giraud, Girod, Giroldi, Gherardelli, Gherardini, Gherardinghi, Gerardini, Gerardello, Gherarducci, Gherardeschi, Della Gherardesca, Ghirardelli, Ghilardini, Ghelardini, Girardini, Girardin, Girardoni, Girardone, Girardengo, Geraldini and many more.

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Girardin Early History


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Girardin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Girardin research. More information is included under the topic Early Girardin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Girardin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Girardin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Ugolino Della Gherardesca, a Pisan Ghibelline leader during the 13th century. The Gherardesca family of Pisa was one of the most powerful and respected families in the city at this time. Of this family was Pietro Gherardesca, Cardinal of Pisa with the title of...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Girardin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Girardin were found:

Girardin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Girardin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735
  • Jean Henry Girardin, who landed in South Carolina in 1735
  • Joseph Girardin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735
  • Jacob Girardin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755

Girardin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francois Girardin, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Alexander Girardin, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1851
  • Casimir Girardin, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Emil Girardin, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Eugenie Girardin, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Girardin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dora B. Girardin, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Angeline Girardin, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Charles Girardin, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Charles Girardin, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919

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Contemporary Notables of the name Girardin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Girardin (post 1700)



  • Alexandre Louis Robert Girardin d'Ermenonville, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Saint-Marc Girardin (1801-1873), French politician
  • René de Girardin (1735-1808), Marquis de Vauvray French gardener and writer on gardens
  • Émile de Girardin (1802-1881), French journalist, publicist, and politician
  • Delphine de Girardin (1804-1855), French writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    11. ...

    The Girardin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Girardin 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.

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