Show ContentsIannella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Iannella. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Iannella came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

Early Origins of the Iannella family

The surname Iannella was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), with Lapo Gianni in 1270. Gianni was a lyric poet and a friend of famous authors Dante and Cavalcanti.

Early History of the Iannella family

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Iannella 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 Iannella include Gianni, Giani, Ianni, Ianne, Ianno, Giannelli, Gianelli, Giannillo, Gianniello, Giannella, Gianella, Giannarelli, Giannetti, Gianetti, Gianettini, Giannetto, Gianetto, Giannitto, Giannini, Gianini, Giannino, Gianino, Iannetti, Ianetti, Iannitti, Iannacco and many more.

Early Notables of the Iannella family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Lapo Gianni (died after 1328) an Italian poet who lived in Florence, eleven ballads and six songs of his remain; Donato Giannotti, a political writer and historian in Florence around 1500; Giugio Pippi di Giannuzzi, a painter and architect who assisted Raphael. When Raphael died in 1520, Giannuzzi completed the Transfiguration in the Vatican at Rome. Antonio Giannotti was Bishop of Forlì in 1563, and of Urbino in 1568; Antonio Gianettini, born in Venice in 1649, was a composer of operas, cantatas, oratorios...
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United States Iannella migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Iannella:

Iannella Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Raffaele Iannella, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Chateau Yquem" from Naples, Italy [1]
Iannella Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giuseppe Iannella, aged 49, originally from Adellino, Italy, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Konigen Luise" from Naples, Italy [2]
  • Lucia Iannella, aged 27, originally from Catanzaro, Italy, arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "Providence" from Naples, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Iannella (post 1700) +

  • Christopher A. Iannella (1913-1992), American politician, member of the Boston City Council in Boston, Massachusetts, City Council President (1962, 1980, 1982, and 1988-1992)
  • Sandy Iannella (b. 1987), Italian football striker
  • Monique Iannella (b. 1996), Australian footballer, member of the Australia U19 and U20 National Teams (2014-) on Facebook