Spini History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Spini surname is derived from the Latin "spina," meaning "thorn bush," and was most originally born by someone who lived by a large or unusual thorn bush.
Early Origins of the Spini family
The surname Spini was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where the first bearer of the name on record is Ugone Spinelli in 1094. The name is also became common quite early in Emilia-Romagna and Venetia. The spelling variations of Spini which end in "i" are much more common and appear in records mostly in the north, whereas the rarer variations which end in "o" are from the south.
One of the first records of the name appears as both a forename and surname, Spinello Aretino (c. 1350- c. 1410), the Italian painter from Arezzo, who was active in Tuscany at the end of the 14th and the first decennium of the 15th century. He was born Spinello Di Luca Spinelli.
Early History of the Spini family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spini research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1453, 1475, 1546, 1094, 1694, 1763, 1594, 1659, 1628, 1699, 1646 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Spini History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spini Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Spinelli, Spinello, Spiniello, Spinella, Spinetti, Spinozza, Spinozzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Spini family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Parri Spinelli (ca. 1387-1453), an Italian painter of the early Renaissance from Tuscany; Bartolomeo Spina (born c. 1475-1546), Italian Dominican theologian and scholastic philosopher; Ugone Spinelli, who fought for Christianity in 1094 and was rewarded generously for his valor by Pope Urban II, who granted him 99 baronies, 8 count hoods, 9 marquishoods and 8 duchies; Giuseppe Spinelli (1694-1763), Italian Cardinal prefect of the Congregation for the...
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Migration of the Spini family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Spinelli, who arrived in New Orleans in 1858. Later on came Carmela and Maria Spinelli, two female farmers who arrived in New York onboard the SS Vincenze Florio in 1881.
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