Surname Schiavone and variation


The surname and its many variations - Schiavio, Lo Schiavo, Schiavinetti, Schiavuzzi, Schiavonato, Schiavulli - come from the words "slave" or "Slavonian"; since medieval times it was used not only for prisoners of war, slaves and serfs with no rights but also civilians (Slavs) originary of Eastern Europe. Also, during the 16th and 17th centuries in the Republic of Venice the Schiavoni were a special military corps. The surname may also derive, in Southern italy, from a village in the province of Reggio Calabria, Schiavone.
The listings collected from the white pages for Italy are based on the online phone directory for the years 2000-2005.

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The many variants have different distributions in Italy. Schiavio appears in Emilia, Lo Schiavo in Calabria (as a matter of fact, surnames with an article are typical of Calabria and Sicily). Schiavòn is among the most frequent surnames in Padua.
  • White Pages: The surname Schiavone appears in Italy with over 2800 listings, Schiavio with 40, Lo Schiavo with about 360 listings, Schiavon with about 1800.
  • Ellis Island: about 1060 arrivals for Schiavone immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Southern Italy.