From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Lombardelli 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 Lombardelli came from a person from Lombardy
. The Lombards, who were a Germanic tribe that overran the area in the 6th century, derived their name from the Latin Langobardi, which is composed of the Germanic elements meaning long-beards. The name is also an occupational
name, derived from the personal name
Lombardo, which indicates merchant, banker, money-changer. Since these professions were mainly practiced in the north of Italy and in the region of Tuscany
, these are the places where the surname continues to be most prevalent today.
Early Origins of the Lombardelli family
The surname Lombardelli was first found in Tuscany
. One of the earliest bearers of this surname was Pietro Lombardo, a theologian born around the year 1100.
Lombardelli Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Lombardelli. These spelling variations
include Lombard, Lombardèlli, Lombardelli, Lombardini, Lombardi, Lombardo, Lombardia, Lombardio, Lombardetto and many more.
Early Notables of the Lombardelli family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lombardelli family to the New World and Oceana
Lombardellis were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Bernardo Lombard, who sailed to New England
in 1633; William Lombardino, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1873; Philip Lombardo arrived in Philadelphia in 1803.