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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Compagna family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice 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 Compagna came from a friendly person, who was renowned for his generosity towards others. The surname is derived from the Italian word Compagni which literally means he who shares the bread with.

Compagna Early Origins



The surname Compagna was first found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua, where members of the Compagno family were officially recognized as nobility of the city in 1081,

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Compagna Spelling Variations


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Compagna 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 Compagna include Compagni, Compagno, Compagna, Compagnini, Compagnino, Compagnoni, Compagnone and many more.

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Compagna Early History


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Compagna Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Compagna research. More information is included under the topic Early Compagna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Compagna Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Compagna Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Dino Compagni, a famous Florentine poet of the 13th century who worked with authors such as Dante, Guinizelli, and Cavalcanti. Also notable was Sebastiano Compagni, born in Ferrara in the 15th century, who was pushed by his family to study law at the University...

Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Compagna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Compagna or a variant listed above: Adolfo Compagni, aged 24, who arrived at Ellis Island from Stoutofionico, Italy, in 1907; Amedeo Compagni, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island from Prossedi, Italy, in 1912.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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    The Compagna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Compagna Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 March 2014 at 13:20.

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