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The distinguished surname Leoni originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Leoni came from the given name Leoni which comes from the Latin Leo or Leonios, which means lion-like.

Leoni Early Origins



The surname Leoni was first found in 1130, when Giovanni-Antonio Leoncilli owned much land around Spoleto.

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Leoni Spelling Variations


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Leoni 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 Leoni include Leoni, Leone, Leon, Lioni, Lione, Lion, Liuni, Leo, Lio, De Leone, De Leonibus, De Leo, Di Leo, Leonelli, Leonello, Leoncilli, Lionelli, Lionello, Leonetti, Lionetti, Leoncini, Leoncino, Leonotti and many more.

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Leoni Early History


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Leoni Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leoni research. More information is included under the topic Early Leoni History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leoni Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leoni Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Bussadi Leoni, a noblewoman in Rome during the 15th century who married at age 12 and was known for her piety and charity. In 1425 she founded the Congregation of Women for Promoting Charitable Works. Domenico Leonessa of Naples became the Archbishop of Rossano...

Another 136 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leoni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leoni or a variant listed above:

Leoni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • V Leoni, aged 21, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Aurelio Leoni, who arrived in California in 1896

Leoni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alettandro Leoni, aged 19, who landed in America from Pappiana, in 1906
  • Amelia Leoni, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Lastebasse, Vicenza, Italy, in 1907
  • Ambrogio Leoni, aged 29, who settled in America from Magnazo, Italy, in 1910
  • Andria Leoni, aged 63, who landed in America from Italy, in 1911
  • Angela Leoni, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Carigiago, Italy, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leoni (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leoni (post 1700)



  • Sylvio C. Leoni (d. 1951), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Florence, 1916-20; Milan, 1924; Genoa, 1926
  • Franco Leoni (1864-1949), Italian opera composer
  • Leone Leoni (1509-1590), Italian goldsmith
  • Johnny Leoni (b. 1984), Swiss footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leoni Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leoni Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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