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The surname Ranaldi was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The name is so widespread that it is very likely that there were originally several families that took this name without knowing of the others' existence; it is unlikely that all the bearers of the Ranaldi name in the world today share a common ancestor. The name is the Italian equivalent to the English name Reynold, which originated from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel" and "wald," meaning "rule."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rinaldi, Rindaldo, Renaldo, Renaldi, Rinaldis, Rainaldo, Ranaldo, Renaldi, Rinaudi, Rinauro, Rinallo, Ranalli, Rinaldelli and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ranaldi research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1526, 1551, 1792, 1504, 1595, 1671, 1570, 1655, 1611, 1691, 1620, 1676, 1710 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Ranaldi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ranaldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicola Rinaldo, 27, who came to New York in 1882; P. Rinaldi, 24, who arrived in New York in 1891; Alessandro Ranallo, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island from S. Pietro, Italy, in 1923.

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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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The Ranaldi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ranaldi 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.

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