Marianelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Marianelli 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 Marianelli came from the given name Mariano which was used in honor of the martyr St. Mariano. The name may have been also derived from the expression "Maria Vergine" or "the Virgin Mary."

Early Origins of the Marianelli family

The surname Marianelli was first found in Umbria in the ancient city of Assisi, famous for Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order based on poverty and a love for nature. Records are found in 1111, with the Mariani family, of highest nobility in the city at this time.

Early History of the Marianelli family

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Marianelli 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 Marianelli include Mariani, Mariano, Marianinni, Marianna, Marianelli and many more.

Early Notables of the Marianelli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Camillo Mariani (1565-1611), an Italian sculptor of the early Baroque; Giacomo Mariani, a Vicar in Assisi during the mid 15th century...
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United States Marianelli migration to the United States +

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Marianelli or a variant listed above:

Marianelli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Giuseppe Marianelli, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Atessa, in 1899
Marianelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dionisio Marianelli, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Sigillo, in 1906
  • Giuseppe Marianelli, aged 12, who landed in America from Sigillo, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Marianelli, aged 17, who landed in America from Genova, Genova, in 1909
  • Antonio Marianelli, aged 52, who landed in America from Massamacussi, Italy, in 1909
  • Aristide Marianelli, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Genova, Genova, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Marianelli (post 1700) +

  • Dario Marianelli (b. 1963), Golden Globe award winning Italian composer


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