The surname Colonna 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 Colonna family
The surname Colonna 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 Colonna family
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Colonna 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 Colonna family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Baccio Cellini, born in 1447 in Florence, famous for his intricate and complicated decorations; Prospero Colonna (1452-1523), an Italian condottiero in the service of the Papal States and the Holy Roman Empire
during the Italian Wars; Benvenuto Cellini (born 1500), an Italian goldsmith, sculptor... Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colonna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colonna family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Petro Cella, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; Giovanni Cella, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1886; Agostino Cella, who arrived at Ellis Island
, New York in 1896.
Contemporary Notables of the name Colonna (post 1700)
- Rocco Joseph Colonna (1933-2011), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1975-1998)
- Gerardo Luigi "Jerry" Colonna (1904-1986), Italian-American comedian, singer, songwriter, and trombonist, best remembered as one of Bob Hope's sidekicks on his radio shows of the 1940s and 1950s
- Girolamo Colonna di Sciarra (1708-1763), Italian Catholic Cardinal
- Dominique Colonna (b. 1928), former French football goalkeeper