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.
Early Origins of the Zordan family
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.
Early History of the Zordan family
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Zordan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Giordano, Giordani, Giordan, Giorda, Giordanengo, Zordani and many more.
Early Notables of the Zordan family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Zordan family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Zordan (post 1700)
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