Lunardi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Lunardi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. 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. 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 Lunardi came from the Old German name Leonhard, which is composed of the elements lewo or lion and hardhu, which means strong, brave.
Early Origins of the Lunardi family
The surname Lunardi was first found in the city of Novara. Records show that the Leonardi family was one of the noble families in Novara until 1370, when they moved to Milan.
Early History of the Lunardi family
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Lunardi 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 Lunardi. These spelling variations include Leonardis, Leonardi, Leonardo, Leonarda, Leinardi, Leinardo, Lonardi, Lonardo, Lunardi, Lunardo, Lenardi, Linardi, Linardo, De Leonardi, De Leonardis, Di Leonardi, Leonardelli, Leonardini, Leonarduzzi, Lunardelli, Lunardoni, Lunardon, Lenarduzzi, Lenardoni, Lenardon and many more.
Early Notables of the Lunardi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Count Giangiacomo Leonardi, a military engineer born in Pesaro in 1490. He directed the construction of the walls of Senigallia and in 1553 erected fortifications at Rome. Camillo Leonardi was a doctor in Pesaro during the early 16th century who wrote "Speculum Lapidium," with descriptions of 300 minerals. The work was meant to give astrological meanings of the stones, but in the process, much scientific observation was recorded. Giovanni dell'Arpa Leonardo was a 16th century Neapolitan composer of villanelle and...
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Lunardi migration to the United States +
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Lunardi:
Lunardi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carolina Lunardi, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
- Carlo Lunardi, aged 24, who settled in America from Cartylune, in 1898
- Eafuello Lunardi, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Cartylune, in 1898
Lunardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bartolo Lunardi, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Malvena, in 1902
- Arthur Lunardi, aged 22, who settled in America from Italy, in 1909
- Adolfo Lunardi, aged 26, who immigrated to America from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1911
- Antonio Lunardi, aged 19, who landed in America from Cortale, Italy, in 1912
- Angelo Lunardi, aged 47, who landed in America from Tofari, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lunardi (post 1700) +
- Joseph Lunardi, American college basketball analyst for ESPN
- Paul J. Lunardi, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1956 
- Ivan Lunardi (b. 1973), Italian Olympic ski jumper at the 1992 Winter Olympics
- Pietro Lunardi (b. 1939), Italian politician and engineer, Minister of Infrastructures and Transports (2001-2006)
- Vicenzo Lunardi (1759-1806), Italian aeronaut, nicknamed "The Daredevil Aeronaut", he made numerous flights in his balloons including a 24 mile flight in England
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