The distinguished surname Costanza 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 Costanza was derived from the personal name
Costante, which means firm, constant or steadfast.
Early Origins of the Costanza family
The surname Costanza was first found in 1182, when the Costanzo family settled in Pozzuoli, a town outside of Naples.
Early History of the Costanza family
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Costanza 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 Costanza include Costanzo, Costanzi, Costanza, and De Costanzo and others.
Early Notables of the Costanza family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Costanzi, born in Fano in 1436, who was a teacher; Giacomo Costanzi, Antonio's brother, opened his own school in Fano around this time; Camillo Costanzo was a soldier and studied civil law in Reggio Calabria during the late... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Costanza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Costanza family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Costanza or a variant listed above include:
Costanza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Costanza, aged 20, who landed in America from Cefala, in 1899
Costanza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albanese Costanza, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Roccamonfina, Italy, in 1904
- Antonino Costanza, aged 24, who landed in America from Aragona, Italy, in 1907
- Antonino Costanza, aged 32, who landed in America from Linguaglossa, Catania, in 1909
- Angelo Costanza, aged 36, who landed in America from Ioppolio, Sicily, in 1909
- Angela Costanza, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States from Villafrati, Sicily, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Costanza (post 1700)
- Tomas Costanza (b. 1971), American record producer, songwriter, and CEO of Killingsworth Recording Company
- Pete Costanza (1913-1984), American comic book artist and illustrator
- Margaret "Midge" Costanza (1932-2010), American Presidential advisor, social and political activist
- John Costanza (b. 1943), American comic book artist and letterer
- Robert Costanza (b. 1950), American ecological economist, Professor of Sustainability at Portland State University, Oregon