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The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but was not widespread until the modern era. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The surname Polonia was derived from the Latin name Apollonia, which is the Latin feminine form of the Greek masculine name "Apollonios," of the same root as the name of the sun god "Apollo." Versions of this name became extremely popular during the Middle Ages in devotion to St. Apollonia, a 3rd century saint and martyr.

Polonia Early Origins



The surname Polonia was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where they held land and estates from early on. 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.

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Polonia Spelling Variations


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Polonia Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Apollonio, Apolloni, Apolloni, Apollonia, Apollonius, Polonio, Polloni, Polonio, Poloni, Polonia, Plon, Poloniato, Pollini and many more.

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Polonia Early History


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Polonia Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Polonia research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1278, 1557, 1584, 1654, 1630 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Polonia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Polonia Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Polonia Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Giovan-Matteo Appolloni, the mayor of Montefalco in 1557; Giacomo Apollonio (1584-1654), an Italian painter of the late- Renaissance and early-Baroque periods; Paolo Appolloni who was Governor of...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Polonia 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Polonia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sebastian Polonia, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840

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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. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Polonia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Polonia 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.

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