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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 Campana. 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 Campana 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."

Campana Early Origins



The surname Campana 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.

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Campana Spelling Variations


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Campana 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 Campana are Campana, Campani, Campanelli, Campanio, Campanino, Campanini, Campanale, Campanile, Campanili, Campanato, Campanati, Campanella, Campanazzi, Campanaro, Campanari and many more.

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Campana Early History


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Campana Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campana research. More information is included under the topic Early Campana History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Campana Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Campana Early Notables (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...

Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campana 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



An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Campana or a variant listed above:

Campana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Santiago Campana, who landed in Veragua in 1835
  • Felipe Campana, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1842
  • Angelo Campana, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Campana Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Campana, aged 35, who settled in America from Smaria Vico, in 1900
  • Alessandro Campana, aged 28, who settled in America from Cervino, in 1901
  • Alessandro Campana, aged 34, who landed in America from Cervicco, in 1907
  • Angelo Campana, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Chieti, Italy, in 1908
  • Angelo Campana, aged 28, who landed in America from Aneti, Palena, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Campana (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Campana (post 1700)



  • Thomas J Campana Jr. (1947-2004), American inventor
  • Ambrose Campana, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964
  • Sergio Campana (b. 1986), Italian racing driver
  • Sergio Campana (b. 1934), Italian lawyer and former professional footballer
  • Tommaso Campana (d. 1640), Italian painter
  • Francesca Campana (1615-1665), Roman singer, spinet player and composer
  • Loris Campana (b. 1926), road bicycle and track cyclist from Italy
  • Sergio Campana (b. 1934), Italian former footballer and lawyer
  • Fabio Campana (1819-1882), Italian composer, opera director, conductor, and singing teacher
  • Dino Campana (1885-1932), Italian visionary poet
  • ... (Another 5 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. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Campana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campana 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.

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