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Piedmont, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Molinari. 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; 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 Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common that other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent, that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Molinari is a name for a person who owned, managed, or worked in a mill deriving its origin from the Italian word "molino," which meant mill.

Molinari Early Origins



The surname Molinari was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a prosperous city which at one time was a rival with Venice in terms of commerce and trade.

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Molinari Spelling Variations


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Molinari Spelling Variations



Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Molinari. These spelling variations include Molinari, Molinaro, Moliner, Mulinari, Monari, Monaro, Munari, Muner, Mugnai, Molinella, Molinare, Monlinaroli, Molinarolo and many more.

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Molinari Early History


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Molinari Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molinari research. More information is included under the topic Early Molinari History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Molinari Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Molinari Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Michelino Molinari da Besozzo ( c. 1370-c. 1455), an Italian painter and illuminator who worked mostly in Milan and Lombardy; Simone Molinaro of Genoa, the maestro di cappella at the Genoa Cathedral...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molinari 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 immigration records have shown some of the first Molinaris to arrive on North American shores:

Molinari Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Molinari, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Molinari, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1841
  • Frank Molinari, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Rabbello Molinari, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Andrea Molinari, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Montello, in 1898

Molinari Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alberto Molinari, aged 24, who landed in America from Northern Italy, in 1903
  • Adelia Molinari, aged 9, who landed in America from Italy, in 1912
  • Amanda Molinari, aged 32, who settled in America from Venice, Italy, in 1912
  • Albino Molinari, aged 19, who landed in America from Solignano, Italy, in 1912
  • Alessandro Molinari, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Sinsgallia, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Molinari (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Molinari (post 1700)



  • Susan Molinari (b. 1958), American politician
  • Gaetano Victor "Guy" Molinari (b. 1928), American politician
  • Susan Molinari (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Member, New York City Council, 1986-90; U.S. Representative from New York, 1990-97
  • S. Robert Molinari, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County 2nd District, 1943-44; Defeated, 1934, 1944
  • S. R. Molinari, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for borough President of Richmond, New York, 1953
  • Joseph P. Molinari, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1958
  • John L. Molinari, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972
  • Guy Victor Molinari (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly 60th District, 1975-80; U.S. Representative from New York, 1981-90; Borough President of Staten Island, New York, 1990-2001
  • Maurizio Molinari, Italian journalist
  • Francesco Molinari (b. 1982), Italian two-time European Tour winning professional golfer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

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    2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Molinari Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molinari 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.

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