Leonardi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Leonardi 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 Leonardi came from the Old German name Leonhard, which is composed of the elements lewo or lion and hardhu, which means strong, brave.
Early Origins of the Leonardi family
The surname Leonardi was first found in the city of Novara. Records show that the Leonardi family was one of the noble families in Novara until 1370, when they moved to Milan.
Important Dates for the Leonardi family
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Leonardi Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Leonardi are Leonardis, Leonardi, Leonardo, Leonarda, Leinardi, Leinardo, Lonardi, Lonardo, Lunardi, Lunardo, Lenardi, Linardi, Linardo, De Leonardi, De Leonardis, Di Leonardi, Leonardelli, Leonardini, Leonarduzzi, Lunardelli, Lunardoni, Lunardon, Lenarduzzi, Lenardoni, Lenardon and many more.
Early Notables of the Leonardi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Count Giangiacomo Leonardi, a military engineer born in Pesaro in 1490. He directed the construction of the walls of Senigallia and in 1553 erected fortifications at Rome. Camillo Leonardi was a doctor in Pesaro during the early 16th century who wrote "Speculum Lapidium," with descriptions of 300 minerals. The work was meant to give astrological meanings of the stones, but in the process, much scientific observation was recorded. Giovanni dell'Arpa Leonardo was a 16th century Neapolitan composer of villanelle and...
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Leonardi migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Leonardi
Typical Leonardi Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Leonardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agustino Leonardi, aged 28, who landed in America from Palerno, Sicily, in 1909
- Alfio Leonardi, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Piedimonte, Italy, in 1910
- Alessandro Leonardi, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Villanova, Italy, in 1911
- Alcide Leonardi, aged 17, who landed in America from Narni, Italy, in 1912
- Alfio Leonardi, aged 23, who landed in America from Riposto, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Leonardi (post 1700)
- Rick Leonardi (b. 1957), American comic book illustrator
- John A. Leonardi, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1986, 1988 
- John Leonardi, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1996 
- Marco Leonardi (b. 1971), Italian actor
- Gustavo Leonardi (1869-1918), Italian entomologist
- Claudio Leonardi (1926-2010), Italian historian and philologist
- Andrea Leonardi (b. 1967), better known as Bratt Sinclaire, Italian musician
- Achille Leonardi (1800-1870), Italian painter
- Vittorio Leonardi (b. 1977), South African stand-up comedian and actor
- Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (b. 1971), Swiss cross-country gold medalist skier
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