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The distinguished surname Michele 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 Michele came from the personal name Michele, or Michael in English. If the suffix of the name is "i," the surname denotes the plural form of the name.

Michele Early Origins



The surname Michele was first found in such areas as Bassano, Verona, Trentino, Vicenza, and even Florence and Bologna. The Michieli family in Venice dates back to 697, where they played an instrumental role in the election of the new doge in the same year. The next record shows Vitale Michieli, who was one of the first tribunes of Venice in 869. This specific lineage went on to produce three more doges: Vitale, Domenico and Vitale II in 1096, 1118, and 1156, respectively. Also among the descendents were nine generals, eleven caretakers of the huge Venetian cathedral of Saint Mark, a cardinal, much chivalry and many senators. One of the earliest records of the family was Domenico Michele, the 35th Doge of Venice who reigned from 1117 to 1130.

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Michele Spelling Variations


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Michele 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 characteristi c. 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 Michele include DeMicheli, DeMichelis, Megale, Megali, Megalini, Megalizzi, Miai, Miale, Miali, Micale, Micalella, Micaletti, Micaletto, Micali, Micalini, Micalizio, Micalizzi, Micalli, Micallo, Micarelli, Micela, Miceli, Micella, Micelli, Micello, Michela, Michelacci, Michelbgnoli, Michelbn, Michelbngeli, Michelbngioli, Michelani, Michelassi, Michelato, Michelazzi, Michelazzo, Michele, Micheletti and many more.

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Michele Early History


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Michele Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michele research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1423, 1434, 1698, 1440, 1472, 1604, 1665, 1604, 1655, 1679 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Michele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Michele Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Michele Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Piero Adamo DeMicheli, born in Mantova in 1440, was another noteworthy member of the Michele heritage. He was an aristocrat of the court and owned a large villa with many acres of land surrounding it. He married a relative of the Duke of Modena...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Michele Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Michele or a variant listed above:

Michele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Learpetta Michele, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858

Michele Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Fred. Michele, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • John Michele, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Michele (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Michele (post 1700)



  • Lea Michele (b. 1986), stage name of Lea Michele Sarfati, an American three-time People's Choice Award winning, Satellite Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winning actress, singer, and author. She is known for her role as Rachel Berry on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009-2015)
  • Gabriel De Michèle (b. 1941), former French footballer who played for the France National Team (1966-1967)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    7. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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    The Michele Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Michele Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 April 2016 at 08:29.

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