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The Italian Nappa surname has several possible derivations. It may have come from the words "nappa gib," meaning "large nose," or perhaps from the Calabrian term "nappa," used to denote a "clay dish." In either case, the Nappa surname is thought to have evolved from a nickname. In general, Nappi would have been a plural form of the word, while Nappa, would have been more popular as a name in Southern Italy.

Nappa Early Origins



The surname Nappa was first found in Ancona, an important seaport town and province in Eastern Italy, home to the 11th century Cathedral of Ancona. Ancona was part of the Holy Roman Empire in the 12th century, and then, in the 16th century, it came under papal protection. Four members of the Nappi family of Ancona took holy orders including Filippo Nappi, in 1567, Francesco Nappi, in 1583, another Francesco in 1587, and Cesare-Marcellino Nappi in 1654.

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Nappa Spelling Variations


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Nappa Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Nappi, Nappa, Nappo and others.

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Nappa Early History


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Nappa Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nappa research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1573, 1621, 1638, 1656, 1659, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Nappa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nappa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nappa Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was the aforementioned Francesco Nappi, who was vice-envoy (vicelegato) of Bologna under Pope Paul "Paolo" V (1550-1621), and was made bishop of...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nappa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nappa Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amillo Nappa, aged 34, who landed in America from S. Angela a Scala, in 1904
  • Giuseppe Nappa, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Pozzuoli, Italy, in 1907
  • Carmela Nappa, aged 4, who landed in America from Bellona, Italy, in 1909
  • Angela Nappa, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Lione, Italy, in 1910
  • Arcangelo Nappa, aged 53, who settled in America from S. Angelo, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nappa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nappa (post 1700)



  • Mike Nappa (b. 1963), American author of more than 50 books

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Nappa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nappa Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 January 2013 at 16:08.

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