, 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 Molinella. 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
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 Molinella 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.
Early Origins of the Molinella family
The surname Molinella 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.
Early History of the Molinella family
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Molinella 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 Molinella. These spelling variations
include Molinari, Molinaro, Moliner, Mulinari, Monari, Monaro, Munari, Muner, Mugnai, Molinella, Molinare, Monlinaroli, Molinarolo and many more.
Early Notables of the Molinella family (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 (1570-1633) of Genoa, the maestro di cappella at the Genoa Cathedral... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molinella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Molinella family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Molinellas to arrive on North American shores: Francis Molinare, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1798; and Giovanni Molinare, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880.
Contemporary Notables of the name Molinella (post 1700)
- Pier-Paolo Molinella, famous physicist and surgeon from Bologna during the 18th century
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