The distinguished surname Dellavecchia originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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 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
The surname Dellavecchia was first found in Rieti, a city on the borders of the Papal States.
Early History of the Dellavecchia family
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Dellavecchia Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the 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)
Prominent among members of the family was Palma il Vecchio (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... Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dellavecchia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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