The Vilardo family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of 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 Vilardo family lived in the region of Piedmont.
Early Origins of the Vilardo family
The surname Vilardo was first found in the valleys of Maira, which lie south of Turin. The Berardi family can be traced back to this area, where they resided in the 12th century. Saint Berardo (died 1123) is an Italian saint, patron saint of the city and diocese of Teramo.
Early History of the Vilardo family
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Vilardo 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 Vilardo 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 Vilardo 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... Another 160 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vilardo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vilardo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Vilardo name or one of its variants:
Vilardo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Calogera Vilardo, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Vallelanga, in 1899
Vilardo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Benedetto Vilardo, aged 45, who landed in America from Capua, Italy, in 1904
- Francesco Vilardo, aged 25, who landed in America from Fusealdo, in 1904
- Diego Vilardo, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Canicatti, Sicily, in 1907
- Annunziata Vilardo, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Sala, Italy, in 1907
- Giuseppe Vilardo, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Alcamo, Italy, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Vilardo (post 1700)
- Lawrence Joseph Vilardo (b. 1955), American attorney, nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York