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Schiavone is an Italian surname, literally meaning "Slav" in Old Italian: originally, this term indicated origins in parts of Croatia - Dalmatia or Istria - under the rule of the Republic of Venice. The importance of Schiavoni's role in the Venetian Republic is best shown by the name of one of the main streets in Venice, Riva degli Schiavoni, just in front of the Doge Palace and San Marco Square. A number of Croatian or Croatia-born artists who worked in Italy were nicknamed Schiavone by their origin: most famous among them are Julije Klović, Andrija Medulić and Franjo and Lucijan Vranjanin. Also, referring to artists from Dalmatia by using their place of origin as a surname was common in Italy at the time, for example in cases of Giovanni Dalmata or Giorgio da Sebenico.

In Italy, the surname Schiavone mostly occurs in the southern regions of the mainland, namely Campania and Puglia, but it is also common in Rome, Turin, Milan, and Syracuse. GENS. Accessed November 15, 2006.. Origine dei cognomi. Accessed November 27, 2006. Branches of the Schiavone family can also be found in Argentina, Malta, Uruguay, United Kingdom, the......
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