The Agnella surname is derived from the Italian word "agnello," which in turn comes from the Latin "agnellus," a diminutive of "agnus" meaning "lamb." Thus, this name may initially have been a nickname
for an innocent, timid, meek or pious person. It was also a popular personal (first) name because of the Christian connotations of the Lamb of God. Agnello was the name of several saints such as St. Agnello of Naples, the sixth century St. Agnello, bishop of Ravenna, as well as St. Agnello of Pisa, companion of St. Francis. During the Middle Ages it was quite common for children to be named after saints in the hope of evoking the protection of the particular saint.
Early Origins of the Agnella family
The surname Agnella was first found in Pisa the original home of the family Agnelli di Mantova, who came to Pisa from Mantova in circa 1180.
Early History of the Agnella family
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Agnella Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Agnella include Agnelli, Agnello, Agnella, Agnellotti, Agnelli, D'Agnello, D'Agnelli, Agnellini, Agnelletti and many more.
Early Notables of the Agnella family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Saint Agnello of Pisa, who was brought to England
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Migration of the Agnella family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Agnella were among those contributors: Cruciano Agnello, who arrived in New York on April. 24; 1893 aboard the "Iniziativa," Francesco Agnello, who arrived in New York in 1888 aboard the ".