Cannella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian name Cannella is derived from one of several places named Canale in northern Italy. The place name comes from the Italian word "canale," meaning "canal." Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames, created from place names are also found. These local names, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land, and often bear the prefix "di," meaning "from."

Early Origins of the Cannella family

The surname Cannella was first found in the area around the city of Ferrara, where Tommaso Canali was a judge in the mid 12th century. One line of the Cannella family originated in the Polcevera valley, northwest Italy, and was first mentioned in documents dating from the year 1100. Of this line, Emanuele Canale was a member of the faction that supported Paolo Da Novi in 1506. Otto Canella (d. before 1143) was Consul of Genoa in 1133 and is an ancestor of the House of Grimaldi, the family which to this day, rules Monaco.

Important Dates for the Cannella family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cannella research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1322, 1470, 1505, 1610, 1697, 1725, 1730, 1768, and 1802 are included under the topic Early Cannella History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cannella Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Cannella include Canal, Canale, Canali, Da Canale, Da Canàl, Da Canal, Canaletto, Canalini, Canales and many more.

Early Notables of the Cannella family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Guidone Canali, who was the Bishop of Turin in 1322; Carlo Canale of Mantua was highly involved with the church in the 15th century; Bartolomeo Canale was the mayor of Massafiscaglia during the 15th century; Vittorio Canale was a military Captain of the troops at Foligno; Altobello Canale was a knight in Todi in 1470; his brother, Matteo Canale was Captain of the Ghibelline faction in the city; Nicola Canale was an admiral...
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Migration of the Cannella family

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cannella: Gusto Canale, who arrived in the city of Philadelphia in 1868; F. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1825; A. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cannella (post 1700)

  • Marland Cannella, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
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