Richard, I am from the Rinaudo family in Louisiana. Frank Rinaudo and Marie Sanone Rinaudo are my great-great grandparents. My great grandparents are Martin Samuel Rinaudo and Nora Micele Rinaudo. Frank Rinaudo born in a small town in Sicily date of birth unknown, Immigrated to Germany then immigrated to New York City. Martin Samuel Rinaudo son of Frank was also born in Sicily August 5, 1887 moved to Louisiana opened a grocery store named Rinaudo's Grocery which is mentioned in the Louisiana State Archives and left family behind who live in Chicago, Vegas and New York. He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana December 8, 1967. Are all of the Rinaudo's related? Do you have any information on Frank Rinaudo? We can't find anything past him or the rest of our family. I did find an article by J.C. Downing "Know your Name" Rinaldo, Rinaudo As spelled, the name Rinaldo and Rinaudo are derivatives of the Old German given name Raginald, meaning "counsel might." The ancient Germanic people were very fond of compounded given names either because they embodied elements of the ancestral names, because they were thought to be good-omen names or just because they were fashionable and sounded good. Many people have inquired why so many Italian names have a German origin. The answer is thatafter the decline of the Roman Empire, Two East German tribes, the Franks and the Longobards (longbeards) began moving into Italy. The Province of Lombardy takes its name from the Lonobards. The Germans abandoned their native tongue and accepted the language of the higher Latin civilization. They retained, however, their Teutonic naming system and eventually succeeded in imposing it on the people they ruled. J.C. Downing self-syndicated onomatologist (one who researches meanings of names) lives in Virginia
The original spelling was Raginald.
All I know is that Frank Rinaudo was born in Sicily a German Jew who lived in Germany. He had changed the spelling of his last name from Raginald to Rinaudo. I hope the article helped. Sharon Populus