From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calvagna. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Lombardy
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, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Calvagna family lived in Milan since the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Calvagna family
The surname Calvagna was first found in the 12th century, when the Calvelli family lived in Milan.
Early History of the Calvagna family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvagna research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1390, 1396, 1405, 1400, 1651, 1710, 1710, 1771, 1771 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Calvagna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Calvagna Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Calvagna include Calvi, Calvo, Calvelli, Calvèlli, Calvello, Calvèllo, Calvento, Calvetti, Calvètti, Calviètti, Calvietti, Calvini, Calvino, Calvillo, Calvani, Calvano, Calvanelli, Calvanèlli, Calvagno, Calvagna, Calveri, Calvèri, Calvosa and many more.
Early Notables of the Calvagna family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Antonio Calvi of Rome who lived during the 14th century and was a lawyer. In 1405 he was made a Cardinal of the city. Antonio Calvi of Rome was Bishop of Imola in 1390 and then of Todi in 1396, and... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calvagna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calvagna family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Calvagna name or one of its variants:
Calvagna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Francesca Calvagna, aged 18, who landed in America from Catania, Catania, in 1907
- Guiseppe Calvagna, aged 33, who landed in America from Radduso, Catania, in 1907
- Guiseppa Calvagna, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Paterno, Catania, in 1908
- Salvatire Calvagna, aged 44, who landed in America from Aragona, Sicily, in 1910
- Alfio Calvagna, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Paterno, Sicily, in 1913
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