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Early Origins of the Casanova family

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.

Early History of the Casanova family

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Casanova 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 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.

Early Notables of the Casanova family (pre 1700)

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 in 1350. Jaime de Casanova (c.1435-1504), a Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal; Pietro Casola (1427-1507), a Catholic Canon, born to a noble Italian family in Milan; Giovanni della Casa (1503-1556) was an author and prelate born near Florence appointed arch-bishop of Benevento. Cherubino Casati was a priest in Milan around 1550...
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Casanova Ranking

In the United States, the name Casanova is the 4,912nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Casanova is ranked the 565th most popular surname with an estimated 8,270 people with that name. [2]

United States Casanova migration to the United States +

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, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 [3]
  • Lucy Casanova, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]
  • Maria Getrudes Casanova, who landed in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • Juan Baptiste Casanova, who landed in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • Miguel Casanova, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1838 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Casanova (post 1700) +

  • Vince Casanova (1953-2013), American newspaper executive, president and COO of Tribune Media Services
  • Roy V. Casanova (b. 1954), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Jose N. Casanova, American politician, U.S. Consul in Guayaquil, 1859-61
  • Frank E. Casanova, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1919
  • Alicia Casanova, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Doral, Florida, 2003
  • Francesco Giuseppe Casanova (1727-1803), Italian painter
  • Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725-1798), Italian adventurer and author
  • Francis Casanova (1727-1805), English battle painter, descended from an ancient Spanish family, for some generations conspicuous in the annals of gallantry and intrigue [4]
  • Paulino Ortiz Casanova (1941-2017), Cuban Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1965 to 1974
  • Achille Casanova (1941-2016), Swiss journalist and politician, Vice-Chancellor of Switzerland (1981-2005)
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  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019 on Facebook