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The surname Rinaldi 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 Rinaldi 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rinaldi 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 Rinaldi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Rinaldeschi (died 1504), an Italian gambler and blasphemer; Odorico Raynaldi or Rinaldi (1595-1671), an Italian historian and Oratorian; Girolamo Rainaldi (1570-1655), an Italian architect who worked mainly in a conservative Mannerist...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rinaldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rinaldi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P. Rinaldi, 24, who arrived in New York in 1891

  • Nicholas Rinaldi (b. 1934), American poet and novelist
  • Matt Rinaldi, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 115th District, 2012
  • John Rinaldi (b. 1968), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, California, 2007
  • Archie Rinaldi, American politician, First Selectman of Torrington, Connecticut, 1947
  • Anthony J. Rinaldi, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 32nd District, 1934
  • Ann Rinaldi (b. 1934), American young-adult fiction author
  • Michele Rinaldi, Italian former Grand Prix motocross world champion and team manager
  • Michele Rinaldi (b. 1987), Italian footballer
  • Margherita Rinaldi (b. 1935), Italian soprano
  • Lou Rinaldi (b. 1947), Italian born politician in Ontario, Canada
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    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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    The Rinaldi Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Rinaldi 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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