Catania History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Catania family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Catania family lived in Catani, a province located at the foot of Mount Etna, on the Gulf of Catani. In the 8th century BC, the province of Catani was founded by the Greeks and it became the Athenian base of operations against Syracuse in 432 BC. In the 9th century, the province was taken by the Saracens and then by the Normans in 1090.

Catania Ranking

In the United States, the name Catania is the 16,597th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Catania migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Catania Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gio Catania, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Catania (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth C. Catania (b. 1965), American neurobiologist at Vanderbilt University, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006
  • Jim Catania (b. 1954), American drummer
  • David A. Catania (b. 1968), American politician and lawyer
  • Joseph J. Catania, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 10th District, 1936 [3]
  • Emanuele Catania (b. 1988), Italian bronze medalist long jumper at the 2013 Mediterranean Games
  • Mario Catania (b. 1952), Italian politician, Minister of Agriculture (2011-2013)
  • Giusto Catania (b. 1971), Italian politician and former Member of the European Parliament
  • Vincent Alexander "Vince" Catania (b. 1977), Australian politician, Member of Parliament for Mining and Pastoral (2005-2008)

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook