From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Colavolpe family. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Colavolpe is a name for a person who was clever and noted for their wisdom. The surname is derived from Italian word volpe, which literally means fox. It is interesting to note that it was only in later years that the word fox was attributed to a person who was sly or cunning.
Early Origins of the Colavolpe family
The surname Colavolpe was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis.)
Early History of the Colavolpe family
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Colavolpe Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Volpe, Volpes, Vlpi, Volpi, Volpis, Vulpi, Dalla Volpe, Della Volpe, La Volpicella, La Volpe, Lavolpe, Volpella, Volpelli, Volpatti, Volpatto, Volpone, Volponi, Volpato, Volpicella, Volpicèlla, Volpicello and many more.
Early Notables of the Colavolpe family (pre 1700)
By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon
. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian
emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated the Austrians, and the region came under Spanish rule once more. In 1799, the French invaded Naples and in 1806, Napoleon's brother Joseph was made king, but... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colavolpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colavolpe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Colavolpe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carmela Colavolpe, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from Amalfi, in 1903
- Andrea Colavolpe, aged 22, who landed in America from Amalfi, Italy, in 1912
- Antonio Colavolpe, aged 52, who landed in America from Amalfi, Italy, in 1913
- Carolina Colavolpe, aged 34, who settled in America from Amalfi, Italy, in 1920
- Antonino Colavolpe, aged 57, who settled in America from Torre Annunzi, Italy, in 1921
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