Candela History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Candela family. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Candela is a name for a person who derives their name from the word Candido, which means candid, white, innocent.

Early Origins of the Candela family

The surname Candela was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where the Candelori family of Naples, was one of the more ancient families of the city. The House of Candia was a noble family from Savoy in the 1300s.

Candela 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 Candela include Candelori, Candilori, Candelora, Candilora, Candelsi, Candelaria, Candi, Candia, Candiani, Candiano, Candida, Candidi, Candido and many more.

Early Notables of the Candela family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Silvio Candelsi, a military Captain in Velletri; Milo Candiani was bishop of Turrino and archbishop of Milan and Pavia; Niccolo Candido of Syracuse was an owner of two large feuds in the 13th century; Bernardo Candiani was bishop of Asti and Como, and then of Pavia in 1443; Vincenzo Candelori was the councillor of Ferdinand IV, and was given vast amounts of land by...
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United States Candela migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Candela:

Candela Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pilar Candela, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1836 [1]
  • Agnes Candela, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Noltua Irp., Italy, in 1893
  • Achille Candela, aged 43, who settled in America from Raiano, in 1899
Candela Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alberto Candela, aged 14, who immigrated to America from Savignano, in 1904
  • Alessandro Candela, aged 17, who landed in America from Voltusara, Italy, in 1911
  • Agostino Candela, aged 28, who landed in America from Mondogi, Italy, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Candela (post 1700) +

  • Rosario Candela (1890-1953), Italian American architect
  • Estrella Cabeza Candela (b. 1987), Spanish professional tennis player, ranked World Number 95 (2013)
  • Vincent Philippe Antoine Candela (b. 1973), former French footballer with the French national team, he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup
  • Felix Candela (b. 1910), Spanish/Mexican architect and engineer
  • Candela Ferro, Argentine journalist and model


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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