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La Vecchia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname La Vecchia originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname La Vecchia came from a person who was of aged appearance. The surname La Vecchia is derived from the Italian word vecchi, which further derives from the late Latin word veclus, which mean old, aged, or elderly.


Early Origins of the La Vecchia family


The surname La Vecchia was first found in Rieti, a city on the borders of the Papal States.

Early History of the La Vecchia family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Vecchia research. More information is included under the topic Early La Vecchia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

La Vecchia Spelling Variations


There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of La Vecchia are Vecchi, Della Vecchia, La Vecchia, Del Vecchio, De Vecchi, Lo Vecchio, Vecchia, Vecchiatini, Vecchione, Vecchiotti, Vec China, Vecchiarini, Vecchiarelli, Vechietti, Vechiet, Vechione, Vecchiato, Vecchiuzzo and many more.

Early Notables of the La Vecchia family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family was Palma il Vecchio (c. 1480-1528), born Jacopo Palma or known as Jacopo Negretti, an Italian painter of the Venetian school born at Serina Alta near Bergamo; Pietro della Vecchia, also sometimes known as Pietro Muttoni, (1603-1678), an Italian painter of the Baroque period; and...
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Migration of the La Vecchia family to the New World and Oceana


Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name La Vecchia or a variant listed above:

La Vecchia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • M. Giuseppa Lavecchia, aged 17, originally from Toritto, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Napoli, Italy [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QW-GJ9 : 6 December 2014), M. Giuseppa Lavecchia, 24 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Anna Lavecchia, aged 64, originally from Mileto, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67N-MM3 : 6 December 2014), Anna Lavecchia, 06 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Salvatore LaVecchia, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Principissa Christiana" from Braeila, Roumania [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WB-6J8 : 6 December 2014), Salvatore LaVecchia, 10 Aug 1919; citing departure port Braeila, Roumania, arrival port New York, ship name Principissa Christiana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Salvatore La Vecchia, aged 53, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pesaro" from Genova [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64J-8JC : 6 December 2014), Salvatore La Vecchia, 17 Jul 1919; citing departure port Genova, arrival port New York, ship name Pesaro, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Giuseppe La Vecchia, aged 18, originally from C. Vetrano, Italy, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Naples, Italy [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CM-K2S : 6 December 2014), Giuseppe La Vecchia, 14 Feb 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name La Vecchia (post 1700)


  • Jaynee LaVecchia (b. 1954), American jurist, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (2000-)
  • Luigi Lavecchia (b. 1981), Italian footballer
  • Carlo La Vecchia (b. 1955), Italian epidemiologist
  • Francesco La Vecchia (b. 1954), Italian classical conductor

The La Vecchia Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Caesaris Sum
Motto Translation: I am Caesar


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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QW-GJ9 : 6 December 2014), M. Giuseppa Lavecchia, 24 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67N-MM3 : 6 December 2014), Anna Lavecchia, 06 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WB-6J8 : 6 December 2014), Salvatore LaVecchia, 10 Aug 1919; citing departure port Braeila, Roumania, arrival port New York, ship name Principissa Christiana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64J-8JC : 6 December 2014), Salvatore La Vecchia, 17 Jul 1919; citing departure port Genova, arrival port New York, ship name Pesaro, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CM-K2S : 6 December 2014), Giuseppe La Vecchia, 14 Feb 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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