The La Spina surname is derived from the Latin "spina," meaning "thorn bush," and was most originally born by someone who lived by a large or unusual thorn bush.
Early Origins of the La Spina family
The surname La Spina was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where the first bearer of the name on record is Ugone Spinelli in 1094. The name is also became common quite early in Emilia-Romagna
and Venetia. The spelling variations
of La Spina which end in "i" are much more common and appear in records mostly in the north, whereas the rarer variations which end in "o" are from the south.
Early History of the La Spina family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Spina research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1453, 1475, 1546, 1094, 1694, 1763, 1594, 1659, 1628, 1699, 1646 and 1719 are included under the topic Early La Spina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
La Spina Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Spinelli, Spinello, Spiniello, Spinella, Spinetti, Spinozza, Spinozzi and many more.
Early Notables of the La Spina family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Parri Spinelli (ca. 1387-1453), an Italian painter of the early Renaissance
from Tuscany; Bartolomeo Spina (born c. 1475-1546), Italian Dominican theologian and scholastic philosopher; Ugone Spinelli, who fought for Christianity in 1094 and was rewarded generously for his valor by Pope Urban II, who... Another 96 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early La Spina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the La Spina family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Spinelli, who arrived in New Orleans in 1858. Later on came Carmela and Maria Spinelli, two female farmers who arrived in New York onboard the SS Vincenze Florio in 1881.