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Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Papa. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Papa is a common occupational name for a person who was in some way associated with an ecclesiastical office, either as an employee or as a Father. The surname Papa is derived from the Italian word papa, which means Father or Pope.

Papa Early Origins



The surname Papa was first found in 1116 in Mirandola with Guido Papazzoni.

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Papa Spelling Variations


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Papa Spelling Variations



Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Papa include Papa, Lo Papa, Papotto, Papaccio, Papazzo, Papallo, Papadomenico, Papadonno, Papajanni, Pappaianni, Papaleo, Papaleone, papalenoi, Papalìa, Papaluca, Papandrea, Papapietro, Papazzoni, Papacoda, Papacizza, Papadia, Papafava, Papareschi, Papaivano, Paparusso, Papasergio and many more.

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Papa Early History


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Papa Early History



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

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Papa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Papa Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Papa family in Piedmont, Counts of Costigliole in 1280; The Papacizza family was of Paduan nobility in 1311. The Papacoda family in Naples was of the noble class and possessed 30 feudal territories and much other land. Alfonso Papacoda was an Admiral under ruler...

Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Papa 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



In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Papa

Papa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josefa Papa, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • William Papa, who landed in America in 1870
  • Alepandro Papa, aged 15, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Alfonso Papa, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Ambrogio Papa, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from Ailano, in 1899
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Papa Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Acholle Papa, aged 26, who settled in America from Napoli, in 1902
  • Abramo Papa, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Tortoreto, in 1906
  • Agostino Papa, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Caserta, Italy, in 1907
  • Alessandro Papa, aged 18, who settled in America from Ceroneo, Italy, in 1910
  • Alessandro Papa, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Senerchia, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Papa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Papa (post 1700)



  • Matt Papa, American rock singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • John Paul Papa (b. 1940), retired American professional baseball player
  • John or Keoni Papa (1800-1870), 19th century American educator, politician and historian
  • Tom Papa, American comedian, actor and TV and radio host
  • Greg Papa, American sportscaster
  • Bob Papa (b. 1964), American sportscaster
  • Frankie Sue Del Papa, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1996, 2000
  • Alfonso Papa (b. 1970), Italian politician, and a judge
  • Marco Papa (1958-1999), Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Salvatore Papa (b. 1990), Italian footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Papa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Papa 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 5 December 2016 at 19:58.

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