Guardia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished surname Guardia can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. 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 Sicily 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 Guardia was derived from the name "Dioguardi," which is derived from the medieval phrase Dioguardi or diotiguardi, which means God watch over you.
Early Origins of the Guardia family
The surname Guardia was first found in Sorrento, with Pietro-Siniscalco Guardati in 1404. More ancient is Domini Guardato, who was a landowner, soldier, and intellectual in the region, but records reveal no date.
Early History of the Guardia family
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Guardia Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Guardia include Dioguardi, Diotiguardi, Guardi, Guarducci, Guardadio, Guardia, Guardato and many more.
Early Notables of the Guardia family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Zaccheria Guardati, an important lawyer in Sorrento; Cesare Guardati worked with king Philip III of Spain; the Guardi family of Florence contributed two priests to the Republic; another Guardi family of Florence produced seven priests between 1471 and 1529; yet a third Florentine Guardi family produced 10 priests between...
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Guardia migration to the United States +
Immigrants bearing the name Guardia or a variant listed above include:
Guardia Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Francisco de la Guardia who immigrated to Guatemala in 1585
Guardia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Blas Guardia, aged 34, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1826 
- D D DeLa Guardia, aged 50, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- Pedro Nolicio Guardia, a Spanish soldier, who settled in New Orleans in 1835 at the age of 21
- Salvador Guardia, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 
- Jose Dela Guardia who immigrated to Puerto Rico in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Guardia (post 1700) +
- Fiorello La Guardia (1882-1947), American mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945, eponym of La Guardia airport
- Maribel Guardia (b. 1960), Costa Rican actress, who works and lives in Mexico
- Tomás Guardia (1832-1882), Costa Rican army general, president (dictator) of Costa Rica from 1870 to 1882
- Rafael Calderón Guardia, former President of Costa Rica
- Víctor Guardia Quirós (1873-1959), Costa Rican lawyer and writer
- Victoria Guardia Alvarado (b. 1939), Costa Rican politician and diplomat
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- ^ 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)