The distinguished surname Draga 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. 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. 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 Draga came from the word drago which means dragon. The surname is derived from the Latin medieval name Draconis which is derived from a word which means dragon.
Early Origins of the Draga family
The surname Draga was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a port on the Gulf of Genoa, capital of the province of Genoa. 4th century B.C it was occupied by the Greeks, destroyed by the Carthaginians in 209 B.C and restored by Rome who made it their headquarters. They survived the Lombard and Carolingan intrusions. Were well known for their naval prowess. Shipbuilding flourished in this natural sea port. Much migration took place to South America pre WWII. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Draga family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Draga research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1221, 1520, 1540, 1598, 1750, 1634, 1700, 1657, 1712, 1700 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Draga History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Draga Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Drago, Draga, de Drago, Dragho, Dragomanni, Dragonetti, Dragoni, Dragotti, Dragotto and many more.
Early Notables of the Draga family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Dipoldo Dragoni, a nobleman born in 1221 in Terra di Lavoro, Giovanni Battista Dragoncino, an artist in Urbino in the 15th century, Luigi Drago, a respected lawyer in Nizza in 1520, Giovanni Andrea Dragoni (or Draconi, c. 1540-1598), an Italian composer of the Roman... Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Draga Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Draga family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Draga Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Stephen Draga, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)