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.
Early Origins of the Vanz family
Vanz Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Vanz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vanz family to the New World and Oceana
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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