The distinguished surname Cillo can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily
, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily
itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cillo was derived from the given name Nicola or Nicholas. The Italian name Nicola is derived from the Latin name Nicolaus, which means to win and laos, which means people.
Early Origins of the Cillo family
The surname Cillo was first found in at Lecce, the historic city in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce and a port city located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula in the 14th century, where Francesco Colaci was an architect.
Early History of the Cillo family
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Cillo 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 Cillo include Cola, Coli, Colao, De Cola, Di Cola, Colella, Colelli, Culella, Coletta, Coletti, Culletta, Culle, Colitta, Colini, Colino, Coluccia, Coluccio, Colucci, Coluccello, Colucciello, Colussi, Colusso, Colaucci, Colaussi, Colauzzi, Colecchia, Colicchia, Colicchio, Culicchia, Culicchi, Colizza, Colizzi, Colotti, Colutta, Culotta, Cullotta, Cull, Colazzo, Colaci, Colace, Colacino, Colacione, Colardo, Colasio, Colosi, Colazza, Colaizzi, Colacicchi, Colato and many more.
Early Notables of the Cillo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Gennaro di Cola (c.
1320-c. 1370), an Italian painter of the Trecento; Cola di Rienzo (or di Rienzi) (c.
1313-1354), an Italian medieval politician and popular leader; Malteo Colaci, an intellectual during the 15th century; Agostino and Benedetto Colazza were priests... Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cillo family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Cillo:
Cillo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maria Cillo, aged 19, originally from Salvitelle, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Taormina" from Napoli, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CN-Z2S : 6 December 2014), Maria Cillo, 14 Feb 1920; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Taormina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Nicola Cillo, aged 26, originally from Moiano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Italia" from Naples, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CY-YZQ : 6 December 2014), Nicola Cillo, 20 Mar 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Italia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Achille Cillo, aged 31, originally from Arienzo, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Providence" from Naples, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68G-N2P : 6 December 2014), Achille Cillo, 12 Oct 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Providence, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Cillo (post 1700)
- Cody Daniel Cillo (b. 1980), American right-handed sinker-ball/slider pitcher