The distinguished surname Colella 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 Colella 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 Colella family
The surname Colella 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 Colella family
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Colella 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 Colella 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 Colella 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 Colella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colella family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Colella:
Colella Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albina Colella, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Montevilotta, in 1900
- Andrea Colella, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Erasacco, Italy, in 1906
- Angela Colella, aged 13, who landed in America from Campolo, Italy, in 1907
- Alessandro Colella, aged 33, who landed in America from Pentina, Aquila, in 1909
- Alessandro Colella, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Solapaca, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Colella (post 1700)
- Thomas Anthony Colella (1918-1992), professional American NFL football defensive back
- Jennifer Lin Colella (b. 1974), American actress and singer
- Richard Phillip "Rick" Colella Jr. (b. 1951), former American international breaststroke swimmer
- Phillip Colella, American applied mathematician
- Guy F. Colella, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960