Manni History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Manni family. 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 common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Manni came from a fierce or strong man. In some cases, the name Manni may have arisen as an occupational name.
Early Origins of the Manni family
The surname Manni was first found in the city of Cremona. The Manna family records date back to 1037.
Early History of the Manni family
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Manni Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Manni include Manni, Manno, Mannelli, Mannello, Mannetti, Mannini, Mannino, Mannucci, Mannuzzi, Mannoni, Mannone, Manneschi, Manelli, Manenti, Manucci, Mannocci, Maniate, Manna, Mannamo, Mannina and many more.
Early Notables of the Manni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giannozzo Manetti (1396-1459), a Florentine politician and diplomat, and also a significant humanist scholar of the early Italian Renaissance; Vincenzo Manenti (also known as Vincenzio Manenti) (c. 1600-1674), an Italian painter of the Baroque period; Francesco Manelli (Mannelli) (1594-1667), a Roman Baroque composer, particularly of opera, and theorbo player; Carlo Mannelli (1640-1697), an Italian violinist, castrato and composer; Vincenzo Manenti (c. 1600-1674), an Italian painter of the Baroque period...
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Migration of the Manni family
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Manni or a variant listed above: George Maniate, who settled in the United States in 1856; and Ferdinand Mannocci, who arrived in Mississippi in 1871.
Contemporary Notables of the name Manni (post 1700) +
- Ettore Manni (1927-1979), Italian film actor who appeared in 107 films between 1952 and 1979
- Thierry Manni (b. 1968), Monaco businessman, Chairman of the Board of the Mecaplast Grou
- Tarmo Manni (1921-1999), Finnish actor who worked for the Finnish National Theatre for 41 years
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