By Dalisay GiovacchiniMY OWN PERSONAL FAMILY HISTORY
LAST NAME Tuscanian last names often end in "ini“ and both Giovacchini and Allegrini end in INI. The last name Giovacchini is Italian and is from the personal name Giovacchino. (The Italian form of the biblical name Joachim)
MY ITALIAN HISTORY The Giovacchini is deeply Tuscanian, They are form the hills around Firenze The Allegrini are also deeply Tuscanian, precisely from Pisa and Lucca. When the family left Italy they went to South America, North America and some Scottish highlands.
Tuscanians have a deep sense of their own belfry or the belfry of their village or town more than anywhere else, their identity lies around it. This reflect the partisan and conflictual history of the region. The Allegrini (from Pisa) feel to be very different from the Giovacchini (from Firenze), as Pisa and Firenze fought each other for centuries. But they joined when my grandparent married.
The ancient divides of Tuscany were reflected also into the divisions of World War II. The Giovacchini split in two groups: those who fought the Fascists and the Germans with partisans brigades, my grandfather and his cousin Sergio, and those who joined the Fascists, my great-grandfather and my great- uncle Piero. My great-grandfather died during the battle preceding the liberation of Florence in 1943, and my great-uncle Piero was shot a year later in 1944.
The founder of the Allegrini wealth is Giovanni Allegrini ”The Great”(1860-1950). He was an adventurer who travelled and built roads across Colombia, Bolivia and probably Peru. I might have a few relatives there, although not officially. He invested his money in the movie industry (a tradition my uncle Saverio took up, somehow) and in an optic workshop and shop. He was so rich, that even the king once borrowed from him some money to buy a camera (the king, Vittorio Emanuele diSavoia, gave the
ALLEGRINI FAMILY CREST This crest originated in Florence, Italy. The flowers on the crest do not represent the fleur- de-lis from France. But it represents the lily (il giglio) that is the symbol of Florence. It is a symbol for the Florentines probably borrowed from France, but is considered their own.