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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Napoli. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Napoli family lived in the city of Naples.


The surname Napoli was first found in the province of Salerno, just south of Naples. The Napoli family in this region had the noble status continued from hundreds of years earlier.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Napoletano, Napoli, Napolitano and others.


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Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Enrico Caracciolo di Napoli was made governor of the city of Troina by the King Frederick II of Aragona. The family stayed in Sicily for centuries, predominantly settling in the city of Palermo, and the attachment di Napoli was passed along...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Napoli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Napoli, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Pietradefusi, in 1893
  • Antonia Napoli, aged 1, who landed in America from Camporeale, in 1898
  • Anna Napoli, aged 25, who landed in America from Sciacca, in 1899
  • Antno. Napoli, aged 46, who emigrated to America from Serano, in 1899

Napoli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alberto Napoli, aged 40, who landed in America from Naples, in 1904
  • Alfonso Napoli, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from Casenza, in 1904
  • Andrea Napoli, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Monte S. Giuliano, Italy, in 1904
  • Alfonso Napoli, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Leonforti, in 1905
  • Agottino Napoli, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Castialiono, Italy, in 1906
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  • Alexander J. Napoli (1905-1972), United States federal judge
  • Federico Carlos Gravina Nápoli (1756-1806), Spanish Admiral during the American Revolution
  • Donna Jo Napoli (b. 1948), American author of children's and young adult books
  • Michael Anthony Napoli (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball catcher /first baseman
  • Jacopo Napoli (1911-1994), Italian composer of the 20th century
  • Tommaso Maria Napoli (1659-1725), Italian architect, engineer and mathematician
  • Fernando de Napoli (b. 1964), Italian former professional footballer
  • Gennaro Di Napoli (b. 1968), Italian former middle distance runner
  • Arturo Di Napoli (b. 1974), Italian football player
  • Aiman Napoli (b. 1989), Italian footballer
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