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Montanari History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Montanari. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Montanari family lived on a mountain or near a mountainous area. The name Montagna is derived from the Italian word montagna or montano, which means a mountain. Sometimes the name was used for someone who came from Montagna.

Early Origins of the Montanari family

The surname Montanari was first found in numerous regions, although Venice is the city of origin for both Montagna and Montan branches. Montana was widespread in Sicily, Montano and Montani in Liguria, Montanelli in Tuscany, and Montanari in Emilia Romagna. The name and its variants all stem from people who lived in or near mountainous regions.

Early History of the Montanari family

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Montanari 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 characteristic. 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 Montanari include Montagnano, Montagnini, Montagnoni, Montan, Montanari, Montanarini, Montanaro, Montanelli, Montani, Montano, Montana, Montagnino and many more.

Early Notables of the Montanari family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Bartolomeo Montagna (1450-1523), an Italian painter and architect who worked in Vicenza and Venice, and founder of the school of Vicenza, with works able to be seen today in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and frescoes in the Church of Santi Nazaro e...
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Migration of the Montanari family to the New World and Oceana

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

Montanari Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Montanari, aged 39 who arrived at Ellis Island from Italy in 1893
  • A. Montanari, aged 46, who settled in America from Italy, in 1893
  • Alesfandro Montanari, aged 39 who arrived at Ellis Island in 1898

Montanari Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Desolina Montanari, aged 24, who landed in America from Reggio Emilia, Allessandria, Italy, in 1907
  • Domenica Montanari, aged 35, who settled in America from Cumiago, Italy, in 1908
  • Emidio Montanari, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from Bugnara, Italy, in 1909
  • Agide Montanari, aged 25, who landed in America from Catignola, Italy, in 1909
  • Albina Montanari, aged 1, who settled in America from Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Montanari (post 1700)

  • Richard Montanari, American crime writer
  • Danila Comastri Montanari (b. 1948), Italian mystery fiction writer
  • Marcello Montanari (b. 1965), retired Italian professional footballer
  • Alano Montanari, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Hique Montanari, Italian film director, writer, and editor
  • Sergio Montanari (b. 1937), Italian film editor
  • Christian Montanari (b. 1981), San Marino racing car driver

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