Bellavia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bellavia family

The surname Bellavia was first found in Bergamo in Lombardy, capital of the province of Bergamo, home to the Romanesque church of S.Maria Maggiore that is filled with fine art. The Piazza Garibaldi has notable architecture. From 1264 it was under Milan, but in 1428 it became Venetian. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Bellavia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellavia research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1726, 1755, and 1822 are included under the topic Early Bellavia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bellavia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Belavita, Bellavite, Bellavia, Bellivitis and many more.

Early Notables of the Bellavia family (pre 1700)

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United States Bellavia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bellavia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonino Bellavia, aged 32, originally from Grotte, Sicily, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Patria" from Palermo, Italy [1]
  • Rosa Bellavia, aged 56, originally from Palermo, Italy, arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Belvedere" from Palermo, Italy [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bellavia (post 1700) +

  • David Bellavia, American soldier, writer and veterans advocate, who received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Conspicuous Service Cross


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QW-8YC : 6 December 2014), Antonino Bellavia, 23 Dec 1919; citing departure port Palermo, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64X-F5Q : 6 December 2014), Rosa Bellavia, 16 Sep 1919; citing departure port Palermo, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Belvedere, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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