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The distinguished surname Luciana 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 Luciana came from the medieval given name Luciani. The personal name Luciani was originally derived from the Latin name Lucius, which was an ancient Roman personal name that means light. This was also the name of a large number of early Christian saints and consequently, the name was extremely popular in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Luciana Early Origins



The surname Luciana was first found in the unique region of Lazio, in the city of Rome. Earliest records can be found dating back to 180 B.C. with Gaius Lucilius, a Roman satirist.

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Luciana Spelling Variations


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Luciana 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 Luciana include Luciani, Luciano, Lucian, Luciŕn, Lucian, Lucianaz, Lucciani, Lucciano and many more.

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Luciana Early History


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Luciana Early History



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

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Luciana Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Luciana Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was The Blessed Antonio Lucci, O.F.M. Conv., (1682-1752), an Italian Franciscan friar and bishop; Leonardo Luciani, who was involved in the government in Genoa in 1352; the Luciani family is recorded to have moved from Vernazza to Genoa in 1300; Paolo Luciani, of this family...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luciana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Luciana or a variant listed above: Carlo Lucciani, who arrived in Portland, Maryland, in 1823, at the age of 27; Antonetta Lucci, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from Pignataio, Italy, in 1916.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    11. ...

    The Luciana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Luciana 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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