Early Origins of the Avella family
The surname Avella was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans
arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest
said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. Without a doubt, the most famous of the family in early times was Saint Andrew (Andrea) Avellino (1521-1608), an Italian saint. Born at Castronuovo, he entered the Order of Theatines. In 1624, he was beatified by Pope Urban VIII, and in 1712 was canonized by Pope Clement XI. He is venerated as patron saint of Naples and Sicily.
Early History of the Avella family
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Avella Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Avella, Abella, Avellano, Avellani, Avellino, Avellina, Avelta, Avenella and many more.
Early Notables of the Avella family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Avella family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Avella Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Baltasar Avella, who arrived in Mexico in 1596
Avella Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- R. Avella, who settled in New Orleans in 1825
Contemporary Notables of the name Avella (post 1700)
- Anthony Avella Jr. (b. 1951), American politician, Member of the New York Senate (2011-), Member of the New York City Council from the 19th District (2002-2009)