This surname of DELNERO was an Italian surname meaning 'the son of Neri' a pet form of names with this termination, as Raineri and Maineri. It was also a nickname for one with a dark-complexion or black-hair. The name is also spelt NERO, NERI and DINERO. As the agricultural depression of southern Italy worsened towards the end of the 19th century, people began to escape to the New World. The exodus started in earnest in 1887 with Brazil and other parts of Latin America being the original destinations. By 1893, the economy had improved in the United States and people headed there from Italy in greater and greater numbers. In 1898 there were more Italian immigrants to the USA than from any other country. In the post war era, more than a quarter of Italians left the country for a new life. They joined a flood of immigrants to America which was averaging a million a year in the pre war years. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian surname endings are 'i' and 'o', the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form 'o' is more typical of southern Italy. One of the most famous members of this surname is of course NERO (37-68), Roman emperor from 54 to 68, born in Antium, son of Cnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and of Agrippina, the younger daughter of Germanicus. His mother became the wife of the emperor Claudius, who adopted him. After the death of Claudius) (54) the Praetorian Guards declared him emperor. His reign began with much promise, but owing to the influence of his mother and his own moral weakness and sensuality, he soon plunged headlong into debauchery, extravagance and tyranny. He executed or banished many eminent persons. His vanity led him to seek distinction as poet, philosopher, actor, musician and charioteer. The Gallic and Spanish legions and the Praetorian Guards rose against him to make Galba emperor. Nero fled to the house of a freedman, and saved himself from execution by suicide.
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