Early Origins of the Avola family
The surname Avola 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 Avola family
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Avola Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Avella, Abella, Avellano, Avellani, Avellino, Avellina, Avelta, Avenella and many more.
Early Notables of the Avola family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Avola family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Avola Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Filippo Avola, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Pietraperzia, Italy, in 1906
- Giuseppe Avola, aged 16, who settled in America from Modica, Sicily, in 1909
- Giovanni Avola, aged 28, who landed in America from Modica, Italy, in 1911
- Benedetto Avola, aged 39, who emigrated to America from Modica, Italy, in 1911
- Giuseppe Avola, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Cattolica, Sicily, in 1913
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