Gaglia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gaglia, like many surnames is derived from a personal name that was in use before surnames began to be used. The original personal name, Gagliardo, was composed of the Germanic elements "gail," meaning "joyous" and "hard" meaning "brave."

Early Origins of the Gaglia family

The surname Gaglia was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis.) Former capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in southern Italy, it is now the chief city of the province of Naples. It shares with Istanbul the claim to be the most beautiful city in Europe. Naples has 237 Churches and 57 Chapels. The National Museum and other galleries contain riches in art and artifacts. 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 Gaglia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaglia research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1582 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Gaglia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaglia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagliani, Gagliano, Gagglianno, Gaggliani and many more.

Early Notables of the Gaglia family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gaglia family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Filomeno Gaglio, 42, who came to New York in 1882; A. Gaglione, aged 39, who arrived at Ellis Island from Italy, in 1893; Agostino Gaglione, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island from Palermo Termini, Italy, in 1911.


Contemporary Notables of the name Gaglia (post 1700) +

  • Rich Gaglia, American singer/songwriter


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