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The distinguished surname Luciani 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 Luciani 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.
Early Origins of the Luciani family
The surname Luciani 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.
Early History of the Luciani family
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Luciani 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 Luciani include Luciani, Luciano, Lucian, Luciàn, Lucian, Lucianaz, Lucciani, Lucciano and many more.
Early Notables of the Luciani family (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 Luciani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Luciani family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Luciani or a variant listed above:
Luciani Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antonetta Luciani, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1896
- Carlo Luciani, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1896
- Annunziata Luciani, aged 21, who settled in America from Tresana, in 1899
Luciani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carmine Luciani, aged 33, who landed in America from Pianella, Italy, in 1904
- Carmine Luciani, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Abruzio, Italy, in 1907
- Antonio Luciani, aged 18, who settled in America from Capistrello, Italy, in 1907
- Antonio Luciani, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Capistrello, Italy, in 1907
- Angelo Luciani, aged 26, who landed in America from Gualdo, Italy, in 1909
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