A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Governale. 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 Governale came from the personal name
Giovanni, or John.
Early Origins of the Governale family
The surname Governale 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 Governale family
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Governale Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Governale 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 Governale 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.
Giovanni Bocaccio, was a literary contemporary of Petrarch and wrote an eloquent description of... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Governale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Governale family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Governale: Anthony Giovanelli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1805; Joseph Giovanelli, who arrived in Georgia in 1735; Riboldi Giovanni arrived in Texas in 1864.
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