Vanni History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vanni family

The surname Vanni was first found in Udine, a town in Venetia and capital of the province of Udine. An old walled city it dates back to early Roman times. There is an old castle (1517) in the center of the town which is now used as a museum and art gallery. The church of S. Maria della Purita is notable with many treasures. The town hall was built in 1448. It was the seat of the Italian command in WWI. 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.

Early History of the Vanni family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanni research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1287, 1599, 1733, 1803, 1563, 1610, 1590, 1657, 1585, 1643, 1413 and 1495 are included under the topic Early Vanni History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vanni Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vanni, Vannelli, Vannello, Vannella, Vanelli, Vannetti, Vannini, Vanini, Vanin, Vannoli, Vanoli, Vannocci, Vannozzi, Vannotti, Vannucci, Vannuccini, Vannuzzi, Vannoni, Vannacci and many more.

Early Notables of the Vanni family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Vanni (1563-1610), an Italian painter of the Mannerist style, active in Rome and his native city of Siena; and his son Raffaello Vanni (1590-1657), an Italian painter of the Baroque. Ottavio Vannini (1585-c. 1643)...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vanni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Vanni migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angelo Vanni, who settled in Tennessee sometime between 1850 and 1855
  • David Vanni, who settled in Indiana sometime between 1858 and 1860
  • Alexander Vanni, who settled in Indiana sometime between 1858 and 1860
  • Nicolaus Vanni, who settled in New York, NY in 1871
Vanni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Domenio Vanni, who settled in Arkansas in 1918

New Zealand Vanni migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Vanni Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. P. Vanni, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl Durham" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1841 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vanni (post 1700) +

  • Vanni Emanuele Treves CBE (b. 1940), Italian former Chairman of Channel 4


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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