Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Velardo family lived in the region of Piedmont.
Early Origins of the Velardo family
Early History of the Velardo family
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Velardo Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Velardo include Berardi, Berardo, Berardis, Beraldi, Beraldo, Beraudo, Verardi, Verardo, Veraldi, Veraldo, Veralli, Verallo, Velardi, Velardo, Vilardi, Vilardo, Berardelli, Berardini, Berardino, Berardinelli, Berardinetti, Berardocchi, Berarducci, Beraldini, Beraldin, Belardelli, Belardetti, Belardini, Belardinelli, Belardoni, Bellardino and many more.
Early Notables of the Velardo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Berardi, an ecclesiastic in Tagliacozzo in the 13th century; Aldevrandino Beraldi was councillor of Treviso in the 14th century; Tommaso Beraldi was a judge and ambassador in Venice in 1320; Bartolomeo Beraldo was mayor of Castelfranco in 1387; Baldassarre Berardi was a castle...
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Migration of the Velardo family to the New World and Oceana
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