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From the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna emerged a variety of surnames. People in this region were originally known only by a single name; it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began as early as the 10th and 11th centuries. Vanz as a surname was derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. As such, it is categorized as a local name, one of the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signified emigration from one place to another, but did not necessarily denote nobility. The Vanz family lived the name Avanzo, which comes from the Italian verb avanzsare, which means to advance. This name would have been ascribed to a child, usually the first born son and family heir, whose birth had been long awaited. The name also reveals that the parents felt the birth of their child would fulfill their lives. In medieval times, it was generally believed that a child's name would in some way bestow good fortune on the family.

Vanz Early Origins



The surname Vanz was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), where in 1306, when Bartolomeo Avanzi was listed there as a landholder at that time.

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Vanz Spelling Variations


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Vanz Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Vanz include Avancini, Avanzati, Avanzetti, Avanzi, Avanzini, Avanzo, Avanzaroli, Avanzolini, Davanzati, D'Avanzo, Davanzo, Vancini, Vanz, Vanzetti, Vanzetto, Vanzi, Vanzin, Vanzini and many more.

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Vanz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vanz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Iacopo Avanzi, a painter in Bologna born in 1375, who is famous for his work entitled Crucifixion in the Galleria Collona in Rome; Vitale Avanzi was the bishop of Ascoli in 1389; Giovanni Francesco Avanzariani, a painter in Viterbo born in 1490, is known...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Vanz: P. Avanzo, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1893; Rosina Avanzo, aged 20, who settled in America from Nola, in 1898; Nicola Avanzo, aged 45, who landed in America from Del Lazio, Formicola, in 1898.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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    The Vanz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanz 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 24 October 2013 at 12:18.

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