Lonigro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From this historical and fascinating Italian region have emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Lonigro family. Italian people were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary to adopt a second name as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The surname Lonigro is derived from the Italian word "negri" which means "black." It was most likely originally a nickname for someone with a dark complexion, perhaps for an immigrant from northern Africa.
Early Origins of the Lonigro family
The surname Lonigro was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. One of the first records of the name was Carlo Negri di Pietra Santa who was a Bishop of the city in 929. Ferrar, a city in Emilia Romagna is the capital of the province of Ferrara. Them city was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.
Important Dates for the Lonigro family
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Lonigro Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Lonigro include Negri, Negro, Nigri, Nigris, Nigra, Negris, Negrelli, Negrotto, Negrello, Negroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Lonigro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaspare Negri, a Venetian painter whose only known painting entitled "Virgin with the Dead Christ and Saints" can be seen in Boston. Andalò Negro of Genoa was master of the famous poet and author Boccaccio. Iacopo Negretti was a Venetian painter who lived around 1544. He was a pupil of Titian and finished Titian's last masterpiece, entitled "Pietà." He was one of the artists assigned to the redecoration of the Ducal Palace in Venice, and also did designs for numerous mosaics in Saint Mark's Cathedral. Cesare Negri was the ballet master at the Court...
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Lonigro migration to the United States
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Lonigro:
Lonigro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Rocco Lonigro, aged 35, who landed in America from Bari, Italy, in 1904
- Giuseppe LoNigro, aged 31, who settled in America from Licostia, Italy, in 1907
- Sebastiano Lonigro, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Licodia, Italy, in 1908
- Guiseppe Lonigro, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Calvera, Italy, in 1911
- Antonio Lonigro, aged 18, who settled in America from Capurso, Italy, in 1912
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