Maineri History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Maineri 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. Although 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, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Maineri family lived in the Italian town of Maiolo, in Pesaro in central Italy.
Early Origins of the Maineri family
The surname Maineri was first found in the ancient city of Orvieto, with Lorenzo Maitani, born in 1275.
Early History of the Maineri family
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Maineri 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 Maineri include Maiolo, Maione, Majo, Majone, Mai, Maitani, Maineri, Maio, Maioli, Maiolo, Majoli, Majolo and many more.
Early Notables of the Maineri family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Francesco de' Maineri, a painter from Parma whose work can be seen today in the Uffizi in Florence, and in various galleries in New York and in Rome. Members of the Maio family of Naples were officially recognized as nobility in Naples, Montagna, Tramonti, Capua, Benevento, and in many other cities. Martino De Majo was Bishop of Bisaccia and then of Bisceglie in 1494; Giuseppe Di Maio was Rector of the Saint...
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Migration of the Maineri family
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Maineri or a variant listed above: Angelo Maione, aged 36, who arrived at Ellis Island from Terrali, Italy, in 1913; Angelo Michele Maione, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island from Ottaiano, Italy, in 1921.
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