Show ContentsGuerino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Guerino 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 Guerino 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 Guerino family

The surname Guerino 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 Guerino family

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

Early Notables of the Guerino 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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United States Guerino migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Guerino were

Guerino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cerisara Guerino, aged 30, who settled in America from Eseliso, in 1897
  • Teresa Guerino, aged 19, who landed in America from Eseliso, in 1897
Guerino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ferdinando Guerino, aged 3, who landed in America from Alberona, in 1903
  • Ambrosi Guerino, aged 38, who landed in America from Parisolo Tyrol, Austria, in 1904
  • Vincenzo Guerino, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from Naples, in 1904
  • Carmine Guerino, aged 8, who landed in America from Pacentro, Aquila, in 1907
  • Michelangelo Guerino, aged 22, who immigrated to America from S. Biagio, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Guerino (post 1700) +

  • Renato Guerino Turano (1942-2021), Italian and American politician and businessman who served in the Italian Senate from 2006 to 2008 on Facebook