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Where did the Italian Donia family come from? What is the Italian Donia family crest and coat of arms? When did the Donia family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Donia family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Danna, Dainese, Danese, Dainesi, Danise, Danisi, Danais, Dania, Dana, D'Ance, Dance, Daneuise, Danes and many more.

First found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont), a territorial division of northern Italy at the foot of the Alps consisting of the provinces of Alessandria, Cuneo, Novara and Turin. Later Aosta and Vercelli were added and still later, Asti. History is related back to 49 B.C. The house of Savoy rose in 1000 A.D. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donia research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 145 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Donia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Donia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donia Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Klaas Aukes Donia, who came to America in 1867

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Donia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donia Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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