Show ContentsGuarino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Guarino can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of 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 Guarino 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 Guarino family

The surname Guarino was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records are found in the 12th century, when members of the Guarini family were involved in the government in Bologna.

Early History of the Guarino family

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Guarino Spelling Variations

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 Guarino. These spelling variations include Guarino, Guarini, Gueriento, Gueriao, Guerino, Guerini, Garin, Varini, Varin, Guariniello and many more.

Early Notables of the Guarino family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Gueriento, a Paduan painter born in 1370. He was highly influenced by famous painter Giotto, and was the centre of the school of painting at Padua. His works are today in museums in Padua, Bassano, and in the Doges' Palace in Venice. Battista Guarino was a humanist and educator in Ferrara in 1434; Francesco Guarini was Governor of Romagna in 1566; Giovan-Battista Guarini was a famous poet and diplomat in Ferrara at this time, and taught philosophy at the...
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Guarino Ranking

In the United States, the name Guarino is the 6,226th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Guarino migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Guarino:

Guarino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Guarino, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1880 [2]
  • Angeolo Guarino, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Antonio Guarino, aged 16, who immigrated to America, in 1892
  • A. M. Guarino, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Walino, in 1893
  • Antonino Guarino, aged 33, who landed in America from Partanna, in 1894
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Guarino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alberto Guarino, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Contessa, in 1906
  • Angela Guarino, aged 42, who landed in America from Benevento, Italy, in 1908
  • Alfredo Guarino, aged 19, who landed in America from Caletre, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelantonio Guarino, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Sagati, Italy, in 1912
  • Alberto Guarino, aged 16, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Guarino (post 1700) +

  • Ralphie Guarino, American former FBI informant, former associate of the Decavalcante Crime Family, often considered to be the inspiration for television series The Sopranos
  • Stephen Guarino (b. 1975), American actor and comedian
  • Philip A. Guarino (b. 1993), American former Roman Catholic priest and restaurateur
  • Lawrence N. "Larry" Guarino (1922-2014), American Air Force officer and veteran of three wars, POW at the Hanoi Hilton
  • Nicola Guarino (b. 1954), Italian computer scientist and researcher in the area of Formal Ontology for Information Systems
  • Rita Guarino (b. 1971), Italian former football striker
  • Giuseppe Guarino (b. 1922), Italian politician
  • Giuseppe Guarino (1827-1897), Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Giuseppe Guarino (1885-1963), Italian film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Alessio Guarino (b. 1970), Italian physicist
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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook