From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Piazzolla. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Piazzolla family lived in the place named Piazza, of which there are several cities still found in Italy today.
Early Origins of the Piazzolla family
The surname Piazzolla was first found in the town of Parma, with the Piazza family, nobility in the city in the 10th century.
Early History of the Piazzolla family
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Piazzolla Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Piazzolla include Piazza, Piazzi, Piaz, Del Piazzo, Del Piaz, Piazzini, Piazzoni, Piazzola, Piazzolla, Piazzoli, Piazzese and many more.
Early Notables of the Piazzolla family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was the many individuals of the Piazzoni family were of noble status in Serravalle from the 16th century. Camillo Piazza was Bishop of Dragonia in 1657; of this family was Ludovico Piazza, Bishop of Forlì in 1726; Giulio Piazza was Archbishop of... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piazzolla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Piazzolla family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Piazzolla: Accursia Piazza, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Sciacca, Italy, in 1906; Accursia Piazza, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Sciacca, Sicily
, in 1913.