From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Montanello. 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 Montanello 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 Montanello family
The surname Montanello 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 Montanello family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montanello research.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1523, 1633, 1687, 1406, 1608 and 1440 are included under the topic Early Montanello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montanello 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 Montanello include Montagnano, Montagnini, Montagnoni, Montan, Montanari, Montanarini, Montanaro, Montanelli, Montani, Montano, Montana, Montagnino and many more.
Early Notables of the Montanello 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... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montanello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montanello family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Montanello or a variant listed above: Joseph Montana who settled in Indiana in 1892.