Campagna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Campagna. 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 common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Campagna is a common occupational name for a person who worked on church bells. The name literally means "a small church-bell" or "the bell-ringer."
Early Origins of the Campagna family
The surname Campagna was first found in the city of Padua, with earliest records of this lineage dating back to 1081, when Patavino Campanati was a lawyer of the Sacred Palace, or "Sacro Palazzo" in Padua.
Important Dates for the Campagna family
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Campagna Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Campagna are Campana, Campani, Campanelli, Campanio, Campanino, Campanini, Campanale, Campanile, Campanili, Campanato, Campanati, Campanella, Campanazzi, Campanaro, Campanari and many more.
Early Notables of the Campagna family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was the Campana family of Gorizia, who were Counts; Cino Campana of Osimo was a prominent lawyer and judge; Federico Campana was a castle owner in the area around Ancona; Muzio Campana was a military commander of the troops of the Duke of Urbino; Stefano Campanella was Bishop of Mileto in 1139; Soffrido Campanella was Bishop of Cassano in 1161; Paolo Campanella was Bishop of Pozzuoli around this time; Aldovrandino Campanati was a well known judge in 1280 in Padua; Antonio Campanazzi was a lawyer in 1450 in Bologna; Giovanni Campanella was Bishop of Minervino...
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Campagna migration to the United States
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Campagna or a variant listed above:
Typical Campagna Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Campagna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agostino Campagna, aged 69, who immigrated to the United States from Termini, in 1900
- Agata Campagna, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Carlentini, Italy, in 1907
- Alessandro Campagna, aged 38, who landed in America from Carpineto, Italy, in 1908
- Alfonso Campagna, aged 18, who settled in America from Carpineto, Italy, in 1909
- Agazio Campagna, aged 22, who landed in America from Griardavalli, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Campagna (post 1700)
- Louis "Little New York" Campagna (1900-1955), New York mobster and a high ranking member of the Chicago Outfit
- Richard V. Campagna, vice-presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 2004 U.S. presidential election
- Richard V. Campagna, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 2002; Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2004 
- Dario Campagna (b. 1988), Italian professional football player
- Girolamo Campagna (1552-1623), Northern Italian sculptor
- Sam Patrick Philip Campagna (b. 1980), English former professional football defender
- Jeff Campagna (b. 1982), Canadian film and music video director and screenwriter
- Matt Campagna (b. 1980), Canadian director, writer, editor and new media producer
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