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The Italian Nappi 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 Nappi 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.

Early Origins of the Nappi family


The surname Nappi 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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Early History of the Nappi family

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Early History of the Nappi family


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Nappi Spelling Variations

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Nappi Spelling Variations


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

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Early Notables of the Nappi family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Nappi family (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...
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Migration of the Nappi family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Nappi family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michela Nappa, age 23, who arrived in America on Oct. 7, 1880, aboard the "Victoria"; Giosue Nappi, age 29, who arrived in New York on June 11, 1883, aboard the "Burgundia".

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nappi (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nappi (post 1700)


  • Michele Nappi (b. 1951), retired Italian professional football player
  • Chiara R. Nappi, Italian physicist
  • Marco Nappi (b. 1966), retired Italian professional football player

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