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The Riccardini surname comes from the personal (first) name Riccardo, which is the Italian cognate of Richard.
The surname Riccardini was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized the island in 735 B.C. and Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. The Carthaginians arrived in 410, followed by the Romans. After the decline of Rome, the island was under the power of the Saracens. Then in 1057, Sicily was conquered by the Normans. The time of conquest is said to be Sicily's brightest hour, having made the Sicilians the leading Maritime power in the Mediterranean and King Roger of Sicily one of Europe's greatest kings. 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rizzardi, Riccardi, Riccardo, Ricciardi, Ricciardo, Riccardini, Ricciardella, Rizzardini, Cardini, Cardazzo and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riccardini research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1449, 1585, 1639, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Riccardini History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riccardini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Cardino, who came to Ontario in 1871; Vincenzo Ricciardi, who came to New York, NY in 1893; Giuseppe Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893.
The Riccardini Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riccardini 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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