From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Mendola. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice
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 Mendola family lived near an almond tree or grove. The surname Amendola is derived from the Latin amandula, which is in turn derived from the Greek amygdale, which means almond.
Early Origins of the Mendola family
The surname Mendola was first found in Northern Italy. The name was also found early on in the South, Sagramoro Mendozi moved his family from Milan to Rimini around this time, and was made Bishop of Piacenza in 1475. Two months later he was made Bishop of Parma. Cristoforo Mendozi was treasurer of the Milanese court in 1465, and his brother Giovanni Mendozi held the same position in Genoa. Filippo Mendozi, nephew of Sagramoro, was the orator for the Duke of Milan, and in 1475 he became priest of Sant'Archangelo.
Early History of the Mendola family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mendola research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1367, 1404 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Mendola History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mendola 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 Mendola include Amendola, Amendolara, Amendolea, Amendolia, Ammendola, LaMendola, Lammendola, Mendola, Mendolaro, Mendolia, Mendoza, Mendozza and many more.
Early Notables of the Mendola family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1367-1404), Admiral of Castile
and tenth head of the House of Mendoza; and Giovanni... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mendola Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mendola family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Mendola name or one of its variants:
Mendola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Luige Mendola, who was naturalized in Mobile Co., Alabama in 1868
Contemporary Notables of the name Mendola (post 1700)
- Joseph Mendola, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln