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Where did the Italian Drago family come from? What is the Italian Drago family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drago family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drago family history?

The distinguished surname Drago 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 Drago 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.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Drago, Draga, de Drago, Dragho, Dragomanni, Dragonetti, Dragoni, Dragotti, Dragotto and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drago research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1221, 1520, 1540, 1598, 1750, 1657, 1712, 1700 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Drago History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drago Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drago Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Drago, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Paschal Drago, who was naturalized in Indiana in 1844
  • Francesco-Paolo Drago, age 25 who arrived in New York March 8, 1882 aboard The Orsola

Drago Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joe Drago, who was recorded in Louisiana between the years 1989-1910


  • Billy Drago (b. 1949), stage name of William Eugene "Billy" Burrows, an American actor known for his roles as villains in television and motion pictures
  • Richard Anthony "Dick" Drago (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1969 to 1981
  • Jan Drago, American politician
  • Eleonora Rossi Drago (1925-2007), born Palmira Omiccioli, an Italian film actress, active from 1954 to 1966
  • Luis María Drago (1859-1921), Argentine politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1902
  • Tony Drago (b. 1965), Maltese professional snooker and pool player who won the 2003 World Pool Masters Tournament
  • Agnes Drago, Hungarian sprint canoer
  • Ernesto Drago, physicist in Catania


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  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Drago Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drago Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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