Show ContentsGagliano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gagliano, 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 Gagliano family

The surname Gagliano 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 Gagliano family

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Gagliano Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gagliano family

By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated the Austrians, and the region came under Spanish rule once more. In 1799, the French invaded Naples and in 1806, Napoleon's brother Joseph was made king, but this hold on Italy was not to last. In 1813 the Congress Of Vienna restored pre-Napoleonic rule. Among prominent bearers of this surname in early times were:

  • Marco da Gagliano (1582-1643) Italian composer; and Tiberio Gagliano, a famous surgeon
  • Gagliano, was a celebrated family of violin-makers at Naples. Alessandro, the first, worked from about 1695 to 1725. His work, like that of his sons, is good and substantial, but it exhibits the same...

Gagliano Ranking

In the United States, the name Gagliano is the 9,133rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Gagliano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gagliano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agrippina Gagliano, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Catania, Italy, in 1904
  • Alfio Gagliano, aged 42, who landed in America from Calascibetta, in 1906
  • Agostina Gagliano, aged 23, who landed in America from Valguarnera, Sicily, in 1908
  • Angela Gagliano, aged 26, who landed in America from Mineo, Catania, in 1910
  • Angelo Gagliano, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Castrofoloppe, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagliano (post 1700) +

  • Philip Joseph Gagliano (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball infielder
  • Ralph Michael Gagliano (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Bob Gagliano (b. 1958), former American Football player
  • Rick Gagliano, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Washington, North Carolina, 2009 [2]
  • Nicolo Gagliano (1740-1780), Italian violin-maker of a renowned violin making family
  • Fernando Gagliano (1770-1795), Italian luthier
  • Alessandro Gagliano (1700-1735), Italian luthier
  • Alfonso Gagliano PC (1942-2020), Italian-born, Canadian accountant and a Liberal Party politician, Minister of Labour, Deputy House leader and the Minister responsible for Communications Canada
  • Gaetano Gagliano CM (1917-2016), Italian-born, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded St. Joseph Communications and Salt + Light Television
  • Tony Gagliano LL.D. (b. 1958), Canadian-Italian businessman, President of the Art Gallery of Ontario

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook