From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Minetti 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 Minetti came from a fierce or strong man. In some cases, the name Manni may have arisen as an occupational
Early Origins of the Minetti family
The surname Minetti was first found in the city of Cremona. The Manna family records date back to 1037.
Early History of the Minetti family
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Minetti 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 Minetti 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 Minetti 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... Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minetti Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Minetti family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Minetti 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 Minetti (post 1700)
- Annalisa Minetti (b. 1976), Italian singer and bronze medalist Paralympic athlete
- Massimo Minetti (b. 1978), Italian footballer
- Bernhard Minetti (1905-1998), German film and stage actor who appeared in 50 films between 1931 and 1996