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The surname Gori is a patronymic surname derived from the personal name Gregorein, which means to be awake or watchful.


The surname Gori was first found in the 13th century, when the Gregorio family was recognized as nobility in Sicily, Umbria, Modena, Pisa, Arezzo, Terni, Aquila, and Benevento.

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 Gori. These spelling variations include Gregori, Gregoria, Gregorio, Gregor, Grigori, Grigorio, Grigoriis, Ghirigori, Gregoli, Gregol, Greguol, Grigoli, Grioli, Grigolo, Grigolli, Gligori, Grivori, De Gregorio, Di Gregorio, De Gregoli, Gregorich, Gregoric, Gregoretti, Gregoletti, Grigoletti, Gregoletto, Gregolet, Gorghetto, Gregorini, Gregorin, Gregolin, Grigolon, Gregorace, Gregoraci, Gregorace, Grigoraci, Gligoraci, Gregoratti, Gregorat, Grigolato, Gorgatto, Gregorutti, Gori, Gorelli, Gorella, Gorela, Goretti, Gorini, Gorin, Gorioli, Goroni, Gorno, Goracci, Gorasso, Gorassini, Goratti, Goriani and many more.


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


Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Annibale Gregori, a 16th century composer from Siena who became the Choirmaster of the Siena Cathedral. Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori of Lucca was a violinist, composer and music theorist during the mid 18th century. The Gregorio family in Sicily was feudal landowner...

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A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gori:

Gori Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Gori, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Pistora, in 1904
  • Antonio Gori, aged 15, who landed in America from Bozzano, Lucca, in 1907
  • Attilio Gori, aged 22, who landed in America from Alatri, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Gori, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Pofi, Roma, in 1909
  • Achille Gori, aged 20, who landed in America from Masarosi, Italy, in 1911
  • ...

  • Kathy Gori (b. 1951), American Clio Award winning voice actress, radio personality and screenwriter, known for her numerous voices for Hanna-Barbera
  • Mirko Gori (b. 1993), Italian footballer
  • Pietro Gori (1865-1911), Italian lawyer, journalist, intellectual and anarchist poet
  • Coriolano "Lallo" Gori (1927-1982), Italian composer and musician
  • Vittorio Cecchi Gori (b. 1942), Italian film producer and politician, Senator Legislatures XII, XIII (1994-2001)
  • Mario Cecchi Gori (1920-1993), Italian Academy Award nominated film producer who produced over 200 films, notably with Damiano Damiani, Dino Risi (The Easy Life, I Mostri) and Ettore Scola
  • Adolfo Gori (b. 1939), retired Italian professional footballer who played from 1956 to 1973
  • Sergio Gori (b. 1946), Italian former football striker who played 10 caps between 1964 and 1966
  • Edoardo Gori (b. 1990), Italian rugby union player, member of the Italy National Team (2010-)
  • Gastón Gori (1915-2004), Argentine essayist and poet
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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bascapč, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Gori Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Gori 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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