From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Aquilina family. The people of this region were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary for them to take on 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. The Aquilina surname evolved from a nickname; these usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Aquilina came from a person who had the sight of an eagle. The surname Aquila is derived from the word aquila, which means eagle. Thus, the surname could also be a name for a spot where eagles were often seen or for an owner of an eagle. The surname Aquila is also of local
origin, derived from the city of L'Aquila, which is the capital of the region of Abruzzi in the center/south of the peninsula.
Early Origins of the Aquilina family
The surname Aquilina was first found in the 11th century at Benevento, a city north of Naples. Riccardo Aquila was master of much territory in this area in 1090.
Early History of the Aquilina family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aquilina research.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1105, 1204, 1488, 1560, 1630 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Aquilina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aquilina Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Aquilina include Aquila, Aquilani, Aquilante, Aquilanti, Aquili, Aquilina, Aquilini, Aquilino, Aquilone, Aquiloni, Aquilotti, D'Aquila, dell'Aquila, Aquilar and many more.
Early Notables of the Aquilina family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Caspar Aquila (1488-1560), birth name Johann Kaspar Adler, a German reformer and the Aquili family of Rome who were famous painters. The Aquilini family of Lesi produced many painters over a two hundred
year period ending in the 17th century. Antonio Aquili... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aquilina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aquilina family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Aquilina or a variant listed above:
Aquilina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Battibba Aquilina, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Caltabellotta, in 1900
- Assenta Aquilina, aged 26, who landed in America from Cappella, in 1902
- Antonio Aquilina, aged 28, who settled in America from Agira, Italy, in 1910
- Calogero Aquilina, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Grotte, Sicily, in 1910
- Carmela Aquilina, aged 14, who landed in America from Serradifalco, Sicily, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Aquilina (post 1700)
- Pierre Aquilina (b. 1977), Maltese professional footballer
- Lauren Amber Aquilina (b. 1995), English singer-songwriter
- Joseph John Aquilina (b. 1957), Maltese professional footballer and manager
- Anthony "Tony" Saviour Aquilina (1950-2003), Maltese-born, Australian politician, Member for Mulgoa (1988-1991) and for St Marys (1991-1995)
- John Joseph Aquilina (b. 1950), Maltese-born, former Australian politician, Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (2003-2007)
- Pawlu Aquilina (1929-2009), Maltese poet and writer
- Joseph Aquilina (1911-1997), Maltese author and linguist