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

The distinguished surname Giglia can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Giglia came from the female given name Elizabeth.

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In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Giglia include Gigli, Giglio, Giglia, Ziglio, Zeggio, De Giglio, Giglietti, Giglietto, Giglietta, Gigliucci, Giglioli, Gigliotti, Giglione, Gigliano, Gigliuto, Zigliotto and many more.

First found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was when Gigliolo Giglioli was listed there in 1185.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giglia research. More information is included under the topic Early Giglia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giglia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Giglia:

Giglia Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Calogero Giglia, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Racalmuto, Sicily, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfonso Giglia, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Castrofilippo, Sicily, in 1910
  • Alfonso Giglia, aged 3, who landed in America from Realunsto, Sicily, in 1912
  • Angelo Giglia, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Canicatti, Italy, in 1912
  • Angelo Giglia, aged 8, who landed in America from S. Stefano Q., Sicily, in 1912


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  2. 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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  6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Giglia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giglia 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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