The distinguished surname Guerinni 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 Guerinni 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 Guerinni family
The surname Guerinni 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.
Guerinni Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Guerinni include Guarino, Guarini, Gueriento, Gueriao, Guerino, Guerini, Garin, Varini, Varin, Guariniello and many more.
Early Notables of the Guerinni 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
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Migration of the Guerinni family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Guerinni were 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.