The Spinella surname is derived from the Latin "spina," meaning "thorn bush," and was most originally born by someone who lived by a large or unusual thorn bush.
Early Origins of the Spinella family
The surname Spinella was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where the first bearer of the name on record is Ugone Spinelli in 1094. The name is also became common quite early in Emilia-Romagna
and Venetia. The spelling variations
of Spinella which end in "i" are much more common and appear in records mostly in the north, whereas the rarer variations which end in "o" are from the south.
Early History of the Spinella family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spinella research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1453, 1475, 1546, 1094, 1694, 1763, 1594, 1659, 1628, 1699, 1646 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Spinella History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spinella Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Spinelli, Spinello, Spiniello, Spinella, Spinetti, Spinozza, Spinozzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Spinella family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Parri Spinelli (ca. 1387-1453), an Italian painter of the early Renaissance
from Tuscany; Bartolomeo Spina (born c. 1475-1546), Italian Dominican theologian and scholastic philosopher; Ugone Spinelli, who fought for Christianity in 1094 and was rewarded generously for his valor by Pope Urban II, who... Another 96 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spinella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spinella family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Spinella Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Agata Spinella, aged 1, who arrived in America from Marineo, in 1899
Spinella Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonino Spinella, aged 22, who arrived in America from Marineo, in 1901
- Angela Spinella, aged 17, who arrived in America from Lipari, Sicily, in 1911
- Antonino Spinella, aged 37, who arrived in America from Olivero, Italy, in 1913
- Carmela Spinella, aged 14, who arrived in America from Mazzara, Italy, in 1913
- Carmela Spinella, aged 22, who arrived in America from Giarre, Italy, in 1917
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Contemporary Notables of the name Spinella (post 1700)
- Ralph Spinella (b. 1923), American fencer at the 1960 Summer Olympics
- Stephen Nicholas Spinella (b. 1956), Italian-born, American stage, television, and film actor