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Where did the Italian Rensi family come from? What is the Italian Rensi family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rensi family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rensi family history?

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Rensi. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Rensi came from the given name Lorenzo, which is derived from the Latin name Laurentius. The Latin name Laurentia was given to the inhabitants of a very ancient pre-Latin city by the name of Laurentum.

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Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Rensi include Laurènzi, Lorenzi, Lorenzo,Laurenzi, Laurèntis, Laurentis, De Lorenzo, Di Lorenzo, De Lorenzis, De Laurenzis, De Laurentis, Lorenzetti, Lorenzetto, Lorenzini, Lorenzìn, Lorenzin, Lorenzni, Lorenn, Lorenzato, Lorenzutti, Lorenzùt, Rènzi, De Renzi, De Renzis, Rènsi, Renzo, Renza, Renzetti, Renzini, Renzni, Renzulli and many more.

First found in the city of Florence.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rensi research. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1479, 1449, 1492, 1290, 1348, 1884, 1843, 1534 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Rensi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rensi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rensi: Thomas Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778; Maria Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1779; Carlo Lorenzetti arrived in Allegheny Pennsylvania in 1892.

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The Rensi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rensi 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.

This page was last modified on 11 May 2015 at 08:52.

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