From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Cosenza. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Cosenza family lived in the place named Cosenza, a city in the region of Calabria.
Early Origins of the Cosenza family
The surname Cosenza was first found in the year 1432 when Giovanni Cosentino was a poet living in the town of Catanzro, which lies south of Cosenza.
Early History of the Cosenza family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosenza research.Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cosenza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cosenza Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Cosenza include Cosenza, Cosenz, Cusenza, Cosentino, Cosentini and many more.
Early Notables of the Cosenza family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Antonio Cosenza, who was given the lands of Billiemi in 1448; Giovanni Cosenza of Naples had... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cosenza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cosenza family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cosenza arrived in North America very early:
Cosenza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Angela Cosenza, aged 0, who settled in America from Messina, in 1892
Cosenza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelina Cosenza, aged 0, who settled in America from Tunis, Sicily, in 1907
- Alfonso Cosenza, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Tunis, Sicily, in 1907
- Andrea Cosenza, aged 16, who landed in America from Palermo, Sicily, in 1911
- Anna Cosenza, aged 11, who landed in America from Messina, Sicily, in 1911
- Achille Cosenza, aged 31, who landed in America from S. Benedetto Tronto, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosenza (post 1700)