The Nicotra surname is a habitational name, taken on from the name of the city of Enna in Sicily.
Early Origins of the Nicotra family
The surname Nicotra was first found in Catania the chief town in the province of Catania in Sicily
. It was founded in 729 B.C. by natives of Naxos. In 476 B.C. it was invaded by Syracusians. Then it became a Roman colony under Augustus. It was sacked by the Saracens in 902, taken by the Normans
in 1087. It was heavily bombed during WWII and was the site of stiff resistance in 1943. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Nicotra family
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Nicotra Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Nicotra, Nicosia, Nicotera, Nicotri, Nicoteri, Niccotra, Niccotera, Niccoteri and many more.
Early Notables of the Nicotra family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nicotra family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Flosi Nicossio, age 17, who arrived in America on Mar. 4, 1886, aboard the "Labrador"; Francesco Nicotera, age 10, who arrived in New York on Oct. 25, 1886, aboard the ".