Zenni as a 1st name

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Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rwelgin1 » 19 Aug 2011, 05:42

Has anyone ever came across the name Zeni, Zenni or Zennius as a 1st name for any of their Italian ancestors?
I have gotten back to the mid-16th century and my subjects fathers name is spelled a few different ways. Zeni, Zenni, Zeno, Zenus and also Zennius and I was wondering if it was a common name for that time. This ancestor also named one of this sons Zenni.

I was just curious. A new name to me.

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rancelli » 19 Aug 2011, 06:28

wow you might have some african in you. lol seriously i can honestly say i have never seen that name but i did look up zeni and it is of african origin.

http://www.babynology.com/meaning-zeni-f0.html

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rancelli » 19 Aug 2011, 06:43

rwelgin1 wrote:Has anyone ever came across the name Zeni, Zenni or Zennius as a 1st name for any of their Italian ancestors?
I have gotten back to the mid-16th century and my subjects fathers name is spelled a few different ways. Zeni, Zenni, Zeno, Zenus and also Zennius and I was wondering if it was a common name for that time. This ancestor also named one of this sons Zenni.

I was just curious. A new name to me.

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the name zenus is of greek origin. wow this is very interesting. i wish i could go back that far. well what was his surname?

http://www.mybaby.net.au/baby-name-full ... us/37685/1

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 19 Aug 2011, 13:21

There are some variants of Zenni listed here at the Nomi Italiani site, http://www.nomix.it/700wz.php

Zena
Zenaide
Zenebio
Zeno
Zenobio
Zenone

I believe most of these are Greek in origin.
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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rwelgin1 » 19 Aug 2011, 13:35

His last name was Bazzanella and the family was from Sover, Trento, Italy.
Thank you for the replies. I could not find anything on the name or variations.

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 19 Aug 2011, 13:48

rwelgin1 wrote:His last name was Bazzanella and the family was from Sover, Trento, Italy.
Thank you for the replies. I could not find anything on the name or variations.


I see the Bazzanella's are still centered in the Trento area: http://www.gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html?cognome=Bazzanella

And, in fact, there are 32 of them listed in Sover today: http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi?ts=101&&l=en&qs=Bazzanella&dv=Sover&of=81690&iq=001921683826025776000065&btt=1&om=0&be=0.
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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rwelgin1 » 19 Aug 2011, 19:16

Thanks again-

I just had another brief quick question.
What is the significance of surnames with endings of -i, -o or -a?
I had heard once that mostly northern Italians took the -i and southern Italians took the -o. Where do the -a come in at?

Thank you,
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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rancelli » 19 Aug 2011, 23:49

that i'm not sure of because i have the surname lombardi in my family tree and these people are from pertosa which is considered south italy.

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 19 Aug 2011, 23:53

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rancelli » 20 Aug 2011, 00:10

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby rwelgin1 » 20 Aug 2011, 00:28




Fantastic! Thank you...
I actually saw this in my own Italian family in one of their notations, within 2 generations.
The surname started off as Lona, I assume they were from Lona, Trento at one time. They moved to Giovo, Trento and they added da in front of the name as in from Lona. The name evolved from Lona to da Lona then DaLona to Dallona, which is the spelling my gr-great grandmother used.
Very interesting....Thanks again,
Rick

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Re: Zenni as a 1st name

Postby carinthiangirl » 20 Aug 2011, 19:04

ZENO
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Ancient Greek (Latinized)
OTHER SCRIPTS: Ζηνων (Ancient Greek)
Meaning & History
From the Greek name Ζηνων (Zenon), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. Zeno was the name of two famous Greek philosophers: Zeno of Elea and Zeno of Citium, the founder of the Stoic school in Athens.
Related Names
VARIANT: Zenon
OTHER LANGUAGES: Zenon (Polish)

"da Lona" means " from Lona


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