The distinguished surname Zuliani originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Zuliani came from the personal name
Giuliani, or Julian. The name Giuliani was originally derived from the Latin baptismal name Iulius, which means youthful.
Early Origins of the Zuliani family
The surname Zuliani was first found in the city of Viterbo, with Pedro Giuliano during the mid 13th century. Giuliano was made Pope in September 1276 with the new name John XXI. He wrote medical treatises and a textbook on logic, and died at an early age when the roof of his Palace at Viterbo collapsed.
Early History of the Zuliani family
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Zuliani Spelling Variations
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 Zuliani include Giuliani, Giuliano, Giulianati, Giulianatti, Giugliani, Giuglini, Giulini, Giuliana, Zuliani, Zuliano, Zulian, Zuljan, Zuiani, Zuian, Zujan, Iuliani, Iuliano, Giulianelli and many more.
Early Notables of the Zuliani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Flaminio Giuliani, who was elevated to the position of Bishop of Cagli. Also important were members of the Giulianati family of Adria, who belonged to the noble class. This was made official in 1781. Andreas Giugliani was a composer of church music and... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zuliani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zuliani family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Zuliani or a variant listed above:
Zuliani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nicolo Zuliani, aged 23, who arrived in America from Longarone, Italy, in 1907
- Vittoria Zuliani, aged 21, who arrived in America from Treviso, Italy, in 1908
- Leonardo Giovanni Zuliani, aged 18, who arrived in America from Villasantina, Italy, in 1910
- Angelo Zuliani, aged 35, who arrived in America from Pasian Schia, Italy, in 1910
- Aida Zuliani, aged 4, who arrived in America from Reggio, Italy, in 1911
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Zuliani Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Maria Giovanna Zuliani, aged 23, who arrived in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Zuliani (post 1700)
- Mauro Zuliani (b. 1959), former Italian medal winning sprinter
- John Zuliani, Canadian two-time gold medalist skydiver