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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zappa, Zappi, Zappelli, Zappetti, Zappetta, Zappoli, Zappuli, Zappalia, Zapa, Zapi, Zappas and many more.

First found in Mantua, anciently Mantova, a fortified city of Lombardy, capital of the province of Mantua. In 568 the Lombards took Mantua, lost it and recovered in 601. It passed to the Norman Geoffry, Duke of Lorraine in the 11th century but afterwards reverted to the Lombard League. Frederico II was first Duke of Mantua. 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 was in itself a family honor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zapa research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zapa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Zapa 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: Vincenzo Zappa, who arrived in Ashtabula Co., OH sometime between 1875 and 1906; Herman Louis Zoppi, who settled in Mississippi in 1894; Dominic Zappia, who arrived in New York in 1904.

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  8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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  10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
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The Zapa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zapa 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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