The surname Princi is derived from the Latin word "princeps," which in turn comes from "primus," which means "first" and "capere," which means "to take." This name was likely originally a nickname
for someone who behaved in a regal manner.
Early Origins of the Princi family
The surname Princi was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna
Region. The earliest origins of this name have been traced to the city of Bologna, where a member of the Principi family was involved in the government in 1249. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor. It is claimed that the Principi family has its roots in the 10th century, however, documented evidence starts in the 13th century when they held estates from 1249 to 1359 in the city.
Early History of the Princi family
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Princi Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Princi include Principi, Principe, Principio, Principato, de Principe, Prinzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Princi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Princi family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Princi:
Princi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maria Princi, who settled in New York, NY in 1891