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Although it has long been an Italian name, the ultimate origins of the Cali name are Greek, coming from the Greek word "cali" meaning "beautiful." The name was most likely taken on a surname quite arbitrarily, though perhaps the first bearer was a man of exceptional beauty.

Cali Early Origins



The surname Cali was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and the southern parts of mainland Italy. In later years, a few branches of the family spread to northern Italy, adopting the naming conventions there and changing their name to end in "i." Most of the family remained in the south, however, and kept the southern suffix "o." The name is of Greek origin, which explains its predominance in the south, closer to Greece. Coming from the Greek word "cali" meaning "beautiful" the name was probably purely ornamental, though perhaps it was given because the first bearer was a man of exceptional beauty.

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Cali Spelling Variations


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Cali Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Calo, Cali, Cala, Cale, Calio and others.

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Cali Early History


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Cali Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cali research. Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1272 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Cali History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cali Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cali Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cali Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cali Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matteo Cali, who arrived in New York city in 1891 on board the SS Anglia

Cali Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frances Cali, who was recorded in Louisiana in the 1910 U.S. Census
  • John Michael Cali, who was naturalized in New York in 1914
  • James Cali, who arrived in New York state between the years 1884-1915

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cali (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cali (post 1700)



  • Joeseph "Joe" Cali (b. 1960), American author, travel writer and travel agent
  • Joseph Cali (b. 1950), American actor
  • Carmen Salvatore Cali (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Lucille Cali, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • John F. Cali, American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly 30th District; Elected 1975
  • Gaetano Emanuel Calì (1885-1936), Italian composer, orchestra conductor, and bandleader
  • Vincenza Calì (b. 1983), Italian track and field sprint athlete
  • Giulio Calì (1895-1967), Italian film actor
  • Giuseppe Calì (b. 1952), Italian golfer
  • Francesco Calì (1882-1949), Swiss and later Italian professional football player and coach
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Cali Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cali Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2016 at 09:02.

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