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The distinguished surname Graciano originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Graciano came from the personal name Grazia. The name is originally Latin from the name Gratius. The name Gratius was originally derived from the word gratus, which means dear, beloved.

Graciano Early Origins



The surname Graciano was first found in the region of Umbria, in the ancient city of Perugia, well known today for the large number of foreign students at its University. Records are found dating to 1232, when Giacomo Graziani was made General Captain of the Florentine Republic and was forced to go against the Sienese forces.

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Graciano Spelling Variations


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Graciano 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 Graciano include Grazia, Grazi, Grazzi, Di Grazia, Delle Grazie, Grazzini, Grazioli, Graziotti, Graziosi, Grazioso, Graziuso, Graziussi and many more.

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Graciano Early History


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Graciano Early History



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

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Graciano Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Graciano Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Graziani, Bishop of Perugia in 1339; Antonio Francesco Grazzini, a Florentine poet and dramatist born in 1503. He came from an honorable and ancient family and among his most famous works was "Le Cene," a collection of 22 tales told by 5 youths...

Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Graciano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Immigrants bearing the name Graciano or a variant listed above include: Francisco Graziani, who applied for Naturalization in Allegheny County, PA in 1876, Salvatore Grazianno, who was Naturalized in Illinois between 1873-1896, and Francesco Graziano, who was recorded in a passenger list as arriving in New York in 1893..

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Graciano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Graciano 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 15 November 2013 at 10:01.

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