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The Italian people originally used only a single name, but it became necessary for people to adopt a second name, or surname to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent in the Middle Ages. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames began in Italy 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. Zordan is generally considered to be a patronymic surname created from the given name Jordan, originally the name of the river in used by John the Baptist for baptizing people.

Zordan Early Origins



The surname Zordan was first found in Venice (Italian: Venezia), and seaport occupying one of the most remarkable sites of the world. Centralizing on the Grand Canal the history of the city can be traced through the different styles of architecture Byzantine, Gothic, early Renaissance and late Renaissance. It is rich in ancient palaces, churches, libraries, galleries, monuments, statues, treasures and artifacts. Its history is abundant in politics, art, religion, scholarship and conflict. The ducal palace was commenced in 1309. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The Giordano family name was documented in Latin as far back as the II and III century under the names of Iordanes or Iordanus. Modern records show the surname Zordan in the city of Genoa in 1164, with Guglielmo Giordani, who was Ambassador to Federico Barbarossa, the German Emperor who had invaded northern Italy at this time.

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Zordan Spelling Variations


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Zordan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Giordano, Giordani, Giordan, Giorda, Giordanengo, Zordani and many more.

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Zordan Early History


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Zordan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zordan research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1683, 1725, 1634, 1705, 1683, 1725, 1633 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Zordan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Zordan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zordan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Luca Giordano (1634-1705), an Italian late Baroque painter and etching printmaker; Baron Antonio Giordano, who lived in Naples in 1683; Francisco Frederigo Giordani, Bishop of Benedetto in 1725; Giambattista Giordani, a famous military Captain who was successful in defending Pavia and leading an attack...

Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zordan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Giordani, who was recorded in California in 1872; Michelle Giordano, who was a passenger on the ship "EMS" that arrived in New York from Italy in 1893.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zordan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Zordan (post 1700)



  • Luca Zordan, American photographer based in New York City who specializes in photographing children
  • Gerald Zordan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Zordan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zordan 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 30 October 2015 at 09:33.

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