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 traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Dellavecchia came from a person who was of aged appearance. The surname Dellavecchia is derived from the Italian word vecchi, which further derives from the late Latin word veclus, which mean old, aged, or elderly.
Early Origins of the Dellavecchia family
Early History of the Dellavecchia family
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Dellavecchia Spelling Variations
spelling variations of Dellavecchia are Vecchi, Della Vecchia, La Vecchia, Del Vecchio, De Vecchi, Lo Vecchio, Vecchia, Vecchiatini, Vecchione, Vecchiotti, Vec China, Vecchiarini, Vecchiarelli, Vechietti, Vechiet, Vechione, Vecchiato, Vecchiuzzo and many more.
Early Notables of the Dellavecchia family (pre 1700)
(c. 1480-1528), born Jacopo Palma or known as Jacopo Negretti, an Italian painter of the Venetian school born at Serina Alta near Bergamo; Pietro della Vecchia, also sometimes known as Pietro Muttoni, (1603-1678), an Italian painter of the Baroque period; and...
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Migration of the Dellavecchia family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dellavecchia or a variant listed above: John Del Vecchio arrived in New York in 1822; Matteo Vecchiola, who came to Allegheny County Pennsylvania in 1891; Adele Vecchiarelli, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island from Agnone, Italy, in 1919.
The Dellavecchia Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Caesaris Sum
Motto Translation: I am Caesar
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