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The surname Casanova was first found in the culturally rich region of Lombardy, where earliest records date back to the year 1126 in Milan, when Apollonio Casati was Imperial Vicar for Lotario il Sassone.

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 Casanova include Casa, Case, Dalla Casa, Dallacasa, Della Casa, Da Ca, Dacca, Da Cha, Dacha, Dalla Ca, Dallaca, Dalla Cha, Dallacha, Casella, Casello, Caselli, Casèl, Casiello, Casillo, Casetta, Casati, Casselli, Casetti, Casèt, Casina, Casine, Casino, Casini, Casola, Casolla, Casol, Casotti, Casone, Casoni, Cason, Casacchia, Casaccia, Casacci, Casassa, Casazza, Casabianca, Casablanca, Cabianca, Casabassa, Cabassa, Casabella, Cabella, Casabona, Cabona, Caboni, Casagrande, Casagrandi, Casamassima, Casanova, Canova, Casavecchia and many more.


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Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was members of the Casati family of Milan during the late 13th century, who owned many castles and vast amounts of land. Other bearers of the name include Conte Casati, who was a Cardinal, and Giovannino Casati, who was mayor of Piacenza...

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Some of the first North American settlers with Casanova name or one of its variants:

Casanova Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franco Miguel Casanova, aged 39, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Lucy Casanova, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Maria Getrudes Casanova, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Juan Baptiste Casanova, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Miguel Casanova, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1838
  • ...

  • Vince Casanova (1953-2013), American newspaper executive, president and COO of Tribune Media Services
  • Francesco Giuseppe Casanova (1727-1803), Italian painter
  • Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725-1798), Italian adventurer and author
  • Achille Casanova (1941-2016), Swiss journalist and politician, Vice-Chancellor of Switzerland (1981-2005)
  • Jean Toussaint Arrighi de Casanova, Duke of Padoue, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Rodolfo Casanova (1915-1980), Mexican boxer
  • Fernando Casanova (b. 1988), Dominican international footballer
  • Myriam Casanova (b. 1985), professional female tennis player from Switzerland
  • León Prieto Casanova (b. 1912), Chilean architect

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    Other References

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    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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    The Casanova Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Casanova 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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