The distinguished surname Dicola 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 Dicola was derived from the given name Nicola or Nicholas. The Italian name Nicola is derived from the Latin name Nicolaus, which means to win and laos, which means people.
Early Origins of the Dicola family
The surname Dicola was first found in at Lecce, the historic city in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce and a port city located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula in the 14th century, where Francesco Colaci was an architect.
Early History of the Dicola family
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Dicola 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 Dicola are Cola, Coli, Colao, De Cola, Di Cola, Colella, Colelli, Culella, Coletta, Coletti, Culletta, Culle, Colitta, Colini, Colino, Coluccia, Coluccio, Colucci, Coluccello, Colucciello, Colussi, Colusso, Colaucci, Colaussi, Colauzzi, Colecchia, Colicchia, Colicchio, Culicchia, Culicchi, Colizza, Colizzi, Colotti, Colutta, Culotta, Cullotta, Cull, Colazzo, Colaci, Colace, Colacino, Colacione, Colardo, Colasio, Colosi, Colazza, Colaizzi, Colacicchi, Colato and many more.
Early Notables of the Dicola family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Gennaro di Cola (c.
1320-c. 1370), an Italian painter of the Trecento; Cola di Rienzo (or di Rienzi) (c.
1313-1354), an Italian medieval politician and popular leader; Malteo Colaci, an intellectual during the 15th century; Agostino and Benedetto Colazza were priests... Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dicola Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dicola family to the New World and Oceana
An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Dicola:
Dicola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Domenicantonio DiCola, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Crocifina DiCola, who landed in America, in 1897
Dicola Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Francesco DiCola, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Termini, Palermo, in 1909
- Salvatora DiCola, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Termini, Palermo, in 1909
- Vincenzo DiCola, aged 55, who settled in America from Termini, Palermo, in 1909
- Giuseppe DiCola, aged 51, who landed in America from Argusta Del Tronto, Italy, in 1910
- Loreto DiCola, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Banta, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dicola (post 1700)
- Vince DiCola, American Grammy nominated composer, keyboardist, and arranger best known for his work on the movies: The Transformers: The Movie, Staying Alive and Rocky IV