Show ContentsCelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Celli and its many variations have several possible origins. Some are rooted in the Old Italian words "cellaio" or "cellario," which mean "butler;" in which case the name would have been derived from the occupation of the first bearers of the name. Some versions of this name are rooted in the word "cielo," meaning "sky." Alternatively, it is also quite probably that some instances of this surname were derived from place-names such as Cella in Lombardy, Celle, Tuscany, or Cellino, Venice.

Early Origins of the Celli family

The surname Celli was first found in Pistoia, where the Cellesi family originates. The earliest records of bearers of this name date back to a record of the Cella family of Cremona in 1160. In 1200, a member of the Cellesi family of Pistoia was master of the bishops in the city and thus was responsible for appointing new individuals.

Early History of the Celli family

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Celli Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Celi, Celli, Cella, Cellotti, Cellini, Cellesi, Cieli, Cielo, Celini, Celìn, Celotti, Celotto, Celozzi, Celoni, Celn, Celona and many more.

Early Notables of the Celli family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Baccio Cellini, born in 1447 in Florence, famous for his intricate and complicated decorations
  • Benvenuto Cellini (born 1500), an Italian goldsmith, sculptor and engraver

United States Celli migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Celli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clemente Celli Papoli who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1893
  • Filippo Celli who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1896
Celli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelo Mario Celli, aged 36, who settled in America from Caserta, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Celli, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Ofena, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Celli, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Castellore, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonio Celli, aged 34, who landed in America from Micigliano, Italy, in 1912
  • Alfredo Celli, aged 19, who settled in America from Ofena, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Celli (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Celli (b. 1944), American musician and composer
  • Vincenzo Celli (1900-1988), born Vincenzo Yacullo, Italian-born, American ballet dancer
  • Paola Celli (b. 1967), Italian synchronized swimmer at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Giorgio Celli (1935-2011), Italian entomologist, ecologist, professor, writer, and politician
  • Angelo Celli (1857-1914), Italian physician and zoologist who studied malaria
  • Rita Celli, Canadian journalist and CBC radio presenter from Sudbury, Ontario

Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Vito Celli (1888-1914), Italian Bucker from Carrufo, L'Aquila, Italy who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse 1

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