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Where did the Italian Dante family come from? What is the Italian Dante family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dante family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dante family history?The distinguished surname Dante can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice 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 Dante came from the Latin word durants which means to endure, to persevere or to persist.
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 Dante include Durante, Duranti, Durando, Durantini, Dante, Danti, Dantini, Duranco, Durastanti, Durrante, Durrant, Duran, Durand and many more.
First found in Mondovì, dating back to the 13th century with Giovanni and Giacomo Durando, who were military Generals.
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Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dante were among those contributors:
Dante Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dante Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Dante Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Dante Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dante 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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