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 Guerini 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 Guerini family
Guerini Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Guerini include Guarino, Guarini, Gueriento, Gueriao, Guerino, Guerini, Garin, Varini, Varin, Guariniello and many more.
Early Notables of the Guerini 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...
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Migration of the Guerini family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Guerini:
Guerini Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Guerini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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