From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Aversa. 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 Aversa family lived in Avérsa which means "descendant of or son of one who came from Avérsa."
Early Origins of the Aversa family
The surname Aversa was first found in Sicily
(Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea during this period, where Giacomo Aversa owned much land in Felzuto and Ortelia in 1509.
Early History of the Aversa family
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Aversa 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 Aversa include Aversa, Aversano, Aversana, Averzzana, Avezzana, Averzana, Avezana, Averza and many more.
Early Notables of the Aversa family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aversa family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Aversa arrived in North America very early:
Aversa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A. Aversa, aged 58, who settled in America from Italy, in 1893
- Alberto Aversa, aged 8, who settled in America, in 1894
Aversa Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alberto Aversa, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Gusliano, Italy, in 1911
- Angela Aversa, aged 19, who landed in America from Gusliano, Italy, in 1911
- Amadio Aversa, aged 13, who emigrated to America from Ceccano, Italy, in 1912
- Alfredo Aversa, aged 2, who landed in America from Atripalda, Italy, in 1913
- Agata Aversa, aged 5, who landed in America from Palermo, Sicily, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Aversa (post 1700)
- Mattia Aversa (b. 1986), Italian swimmer at the 2008 Summer Olympics