Show ContentsGiglia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Giglia can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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 Venice 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 Giglia came from the female given name Elizabeth.

Early Origins of the Giglia family

The surname Giglia was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was when Gigliolo Giglioli was listed there in 1185.

Early History of the Giglia family

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Giglia Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Giglia include Gigli, Giglio, Giglia, Ziglio, Zeggio, De Giglio, Giglietti, Giglietto, Giglietta, Gigliucci, Giglioli, Gigliotti, Giglione, Gigliano, Gigliuto, Zigliotto and many more.

Early Notables of the Giglia family

Prominent among members of the family was Giacomo Giglioli, the Councillor to Nicol D'Este, who then gave him the title of Count. Malatesta Giglioli was governor of Melara in 1476; Desiderio Giglioli of Ferrara who was a bishop at this time; Giovanni Giglioli wjo acquired the title of Count, which was to last for all of his decendants. Giovanni Battista Gigli was a composer during the 17th century among whose accomplishments were 2...
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United States Giglia migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Giglia:

Giglia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Calogero Giglia, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Racalmuto, Sicily, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfonso Giglia, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Castrofilippo, Sicily, in 1910
  • Alfonso Giglia, aged 3, who landed in America from Realunsto, Sicily, in 1912
  • Angelo Giglia, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Canicatti, Italy, in 1912
  • Angelo Giglia, aged 8, who landed in America from S. Stefano Q., Sicily, in 1912
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