Paglia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Paglia family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily 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 Paglia is a name for a person who frequently wore a straw hat or who had straw colored hair. The name Paglia is derived from the Italian word paglia, which means straw.

Early Origins of the Paglia family

The surname Paglia was first found in within early records of the Pagliara family, who were nobility in Salerno and were Lords of seven feudal territories.

Early History of the Paglia family

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

Paglia Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Paglia include Paglia, Pagli, Paggia, Paglietta, Paietta, Paiola, Paiotta, Paglicci, Pagliocca, Pagliuca, Paglione, Pagliaini, Pagliarini, Pagliazzi, Pagliai, Pagliaro, Pagliari, Pagliara, Paggiaro, Paggiarin, Pagliarolo, Pagliaroli, Pagliarani, Pagliarulo, Paglieri, Paiero, Pairo, Paglianti, Paglionico and many more.

Early Notables of the Paglia family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Paglia family in Giovinazzo, a town on the Adriatic sea on the southern tip of the peninsula. Gualtiere Pagliara was Chancellor of the Empire of Enrico VI in Sicily; also...
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United States Paglia migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Paglia:

Paglia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Addasarata Paglia, aged 11, who settled in America from Panni, in 1902
  • Alessandro Paglia, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Sonnino, in 1903
  • Angelo Paglia, aged 22, who landed in America from Naples, in 1903
  • Angelo Paglia, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Moate, in 1905
  • Alfio Paglia, aged 25, who landed in America from Lihrizzi, Messina, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Paglia (post 1700) +

  • Donato H. Paglia, American politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State House of Representatives Sixth Essex District, 2002 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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