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Where did the Italian Vecchia family come from? What is the Italian Vecchia family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vecchia family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vecchia family history?The distinguished surname Vecchia originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Vecchia came from a person who was of aged appearance. The surname Vecchia is derived from the Italian word vecchi, which further derives from the late Latin word veclus, which mean old, aged, or elderly.
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Vecchia are Vecchi, Della Vecchia, La Vecchia, Del Vecchio, De Vecchi, Lo Vecchio, Vecchia, Vecchiatini, Vecchione, Vecchiotti, Vec China, Vecchiarini, Vecchiarelli, Vechietti, Vechiet, Vechione, Vecchiato, Vecchiuzzo and many more.
First found in Rieti, a city on the borders of the Papal States.
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Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Vecchia or a variant listed above: John Del Vecchio arrived in New York in 1822; Matteo Vecchiola, who came to Allegheny County Pennsylvania in 1891; Adele Vecchiarelli, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island from Agnone, Italy, in 1919.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Caesaris Sum
Motto Translation: I am Caesar
The Vecchia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vecchia 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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