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The source of theSchiavo surname is uncertain, but it may be derived from the Italian word "schiavone," which simply means a "Slav;" thus the original bearer came from one of the Slavic countries to Italy. Alternately, the Schiavo surname may come from the Italian word "schiavo," which literally means "slave."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schiavina, Schiavo, Schiavinato, Schiavonetti, Schiavone, Schiavullo, Schiavuzzi, Schiavulli, Schiavoni, Schiavato, Schiavi, Schiavelli, Schiavi, Schiavini and many more.

First found in Cesena, a town in the Emilia-Romagna region at the foot of the Apennines, crowned with the ancient fortress of Rocca. In 1357 it was defended against Albornez, in 1377 sacked by Cardinal Robert of Geneva and in 1465 came under the domination of the Church. Pius VI and Pius VII were both born here. 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schiavo research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1397 and 1478 are included under the topic Early Schiavo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schiavo 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: Guy Sciavoni, who was recorded as one of the early Italian Immigrants to Seneca Fall, New York between the years 1884-1915; and V. Schiavone, who arrived in New York aboard the S.S. Anglia in 1891..

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  • Rev. John Lo Schiavo S.J. (b. 1925), American educator, Chancellor of the University of San Francisco (1991), 25th President of the University of San Francisco (1977-1991)
  • Mary Fackler Schiavo J.D., American former Inspector General of the United States Department of Transportation
  • Pasco Schiavo, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hazleton, Pennsylvania, 1933 (acting, 1933)
  • Maria Grazia Schiavo, Italian classical soprano
  • Samy Schiavo (b. 1975), retired French mixed martial artist and taekwondo fighter


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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Schiavo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schiavo 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 9 February 2016 at 08:58.

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