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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 Molinaro. 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 Molinaro 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.

Molinaro Early Origins



The surname Molinaro 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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Molinaro Spelling Variations


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Molinaro 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 Molinaro. These spelling variations include Molinari, Molinaro, Moliner, Mulinari, Monari, Monaro, Munari, Muner, Mugnai, Molinella, Molinare, Monlinaroli, Molinarolo and many more.

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Molinaro Early History


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Molinaro Early History



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

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Molinaro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Molinaro 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 Molinaro 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 Molinaros to arrive on North American shores:

Molinaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Molinaro, aged 29, who landed in America from Italy, in 1893

Molinaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrea Molinaro, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Tufo, in 1906
  • Alberto Molinaro, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Mongrassano, Italy, in 1910
  • Andrea Molinaro, aged 17, who settled in America from Ariano & Puglia, Italy, in 1911
  • Andrea Molinaro, aged 21, who landed in America from Fiumefreddo, Italy, in 1913
  • Amibale Molinaro, aged 24, who landed in America from Rivolto, 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 Molinaro (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Molinaro (post 1700)



  • Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro (1919-2015), American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and as Murray Greshler on The Odd Couple
  • Ursule Molinaro (1916-2000), French-American writer
  • Jim Molinaro (b. 1981), American NFL football player
  • James Molinaro (b. 1931), American politician, Borough President of Staten Island
  • George Molinaro (1902-1978), American politician
  • Margaret R. Molinaro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Louis Molinaro, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 11th District, 2000
  • James P. Molinaro (b. 1931), American Republican politician, Borough President of Staten Island, New York, 2002-
  • George Molinaro (b. 1902), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1947-76; Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, 1959-60
  • Simone Molinaro (1570-1633), Italian composer
  • ... (Another 2 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

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Molinaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molinaro 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 19 November 2015 at 09:47.

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