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Where did the Italian Donna family come from? What is the Italian Donna family crest and coat of arms? When did the Donna family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Donna 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 Donna research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 145 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Donna History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Dana, who came to Peru in 1598; Mary Dance, who came to New York, NY in 1824; Paul Danes, who came to New Orleans in 1827; D. Dana, who came to San Francisco in 1851.

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Donna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donna 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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