Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Guarini came from the Latin name Guarinus, which is in turn derived from the Old Germanic word wara, which means defense, protection. In Italy, the popularity of the personal name Guarino was influenced by the devotion to the saints bearing this name, especially for Saint Guarino from Bologna, Bishop of Palestrina of Rome.
Early Origins of the Guarini family
Guarini Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Guarini include Guarino, Guarini, Gueriento, Gueriao, Guerino, Guerini, Garin, Varini, Varin, Guariniello and many more.
Early Notables of the Guarini family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guarini family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Guarini: Josef Gueriao, a very early settler, who arrived in this state in 1779; A. M. Guarino, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island from Walino, in 1893; Agostino Guarino, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from Mirabella, Italy, in 1923.
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