Show ContentsIannuzzi 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 Iannuzzi. 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 Iannuzzi came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

Early Origins of the Iannuzzi family

The surname Iannuzzi 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 Iannuzzi family

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Iannuzzi 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 Iannuzzi 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 Iannuzzi 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 Iannuzzi migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Iannuzzi arrived in North America quite early:

Iannuzzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Salvatore Iannuzzi, aged 17, originally from Cerrato, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Duca d'Aosta" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • M. Francesca Iannuzzi, aged 17, originally from Melfi, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Napoli, Italy [2]
  • Vincenzo Iannuzzi, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Duca d'Aosta" from Napoli, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Iannuzzi (post 1700) +

  • Richard C. Iannuzzi, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008 [4]
  • Raffaele Iannuzzi (b. 1928), birth name of Lino Jannuzzi, an Italian journalist and politician
  • Gaetano Iannuzzi (b. 1972), Italian rowing coach and former coxswain who later participated as a coxswain in the paralympic sport
  • Yanina Iannuzzi (b. 1973), Argentine fencer at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Juan Alberto Iannuzzi (b. 1941), Argentine rower who competed in the men's coxless four event at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Daniel Andrèa "Dan" Iannuzzi CM OOnt (1934-2004), Canadian entrepreneur, journalist, and broadcaster
  • Marco Iannuzzi (b. 1987), retired Canadian football wide receiver for the BC Lions
  • Joseph Iannuzzi Jr. (1930-2015), Gambino crime family associate and FBI informant on Facebook