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The Venuti family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. 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 Tuscany 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 Venuti family lived in the lands of Tuscany.


The surname Venuti was first found in the area of Florence. Earliest records can be found dating back to the Benvenuti family of counts, who moved to Cingoli from Florence in 1200.

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 Venuti include Benvenuti, Benvenuto, Benvegnu, Ventui, Venutti, Venuto, Venutelli, Begnudelli, Vignudelli, Vignodelli, Vignudini, Nuti, Nutini, Gnuti and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Venuti research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1419, 1421, 1424, 1434, 1470, 1524, 1490, 1650, 1660, 1750 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Venuti History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Lorenzo Benvenuti, who was born in Florence in the late 14th century, and was mayor of the city in 1418, mayor of San Giovanni in 1419, and mayor of Prato in 1421. His brother Niccolo Benvenuti was also mayor of Florence around this time...

Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Venuti Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Venuti:

Venuti Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Venuti, aged 34, who settled in America from Villanova, in 1893
  • Francesca Venuti, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895

Venuti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrea Venuti, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Spadiafora, in 1901
  • Domenico Venuti, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Aliano, in 1903
  • Domenico Venuti, aged 0, who landed in America from Spadafora, Italy, in 1910
  • Emanuele Venuti, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Velva, Italy, in 1910
  • Emilio Venuti, aged 17, who landed in America from Castiglione, Italy, in 1910
  • ...

  • Joseph E. Venuti (b. 1915), American Democrat politician, Plumber; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1944
  • John E. Venuti, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 48th District, 1952
  • Lawrence Venuti (b. 1953), American translation theorist, translation historian and translator
  • Maria Venuti, Australian actress and singer
  • Joe Venuti (1904-1978), Italian-American jazz musician

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    Other References

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    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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    The Venuti Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Venuti 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.

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