Colasanti History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Colasanti 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 Colasanti 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 Colasanti family

The surname Colasanti 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 Colasanti family

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Colasanti Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Colasanti 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 Colasanti 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 in Velletri in 1506; Sante Colazza was priest of the Commune...
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United States Colasanti migration to the United States +

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Colasanti:

Colasanti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mauro Colasanti, aged 23, originally from Roma, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Argentina" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Domenico Colasanti, aged 31, originally from Caprano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [2]
  • Biagio Colasanti, aged 29, originally from Frosinone, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colasanti (post 1700) +

  • Susane Colasanti, American author of seven teen novels
  • Maurizio Colasanti (b. 1966), Italian conductor
  • Veniero Colasanti (1910-1996), Italian Academy Award nominated costume designer, set decorator and art director
  • Marina Colasanti (b. 1937), Brazilian writer, translator and journalist

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Gary Leonard Colasanti (1968-1988), American Student from Melrose, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [4] on Facebook
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