Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ignanimus family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although 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, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Ignanimus came from a child of an unknown father deriving from the Latin word "ignotus," which meant "unknown" or "unacknowledged."
Early Origins of the Ignanimus family
Early History of the Ignanimus family
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Ignanimus Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Ignanimus include Ignoto, Ignoti, D'Ignoto, D'Ignoti, D'Igito, D'Igiti and many more.
Early Notables of the Ignanimus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ignanimus family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ignanimus or a variant listed above: M. Ignacio, who arrived in New Orleans in 1830; Carti Salvator Ignoti, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island from Milicia, in 1905; Domenico Ignoti, aged 33, who arrived at Ellis Island from Sortino, Sicily, in 1913.
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