Show ContentsSpinola History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Spinola 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 Spinola family

The surname Spinola 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 Spinola 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.

One of the first records of the name appears as both a forename and surname, Spinello Aretino (c. 1350- c. 1410), the Italian painter from Arezzo, who was active in Tuscany at the end of the 14th and the first decennium of the 15th century. He was born Spinello Di Luca Spinelli.

Early History of the Spinola family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spinola research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1387, 1453, 1475, 1546, 1594, 1628, 1646, 1659, 1694, 1699, 1719 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Spinola History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spinola Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spinelli, Spinello, Spiniello, Spinella, Spinetti, Spinozza, Spinozzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Spinola family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Filippo Spinola (1594-1659), 2nd Marquis of Los Balbasesa, Grandee of Spain, duke of San Severino, a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, General of the Spanish Army and President of the Council...
  • Paolo Spinola (1628-1699), 3rd Marquis of the Balbases and 3rd Duke of San Severino and Sesto, a Spanish nobleman of Italian descent

United States Spinola migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spinola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. L. Spinola, aged 40, settler from Madina who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Pomona" in 1821 1
  • Jno L. Spinola, aged 38, settler from Portugal who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Crisis" in 1823 1
  • Jose Spinola, aged 45, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 2
  • Jono L. Spinola, aged 23, settler from Portugal who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Rambler" in 1833 1
  • Joao L. Spinola, aged 49, settler from Portugal who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Rambler" in 1833 1
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Contemporary Notables of the name Spinola (post 1700) +

  • Francis Barretto Spinola (1821-1891), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1858-61; U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1887-91 3
  • Ugo Pietro Spinola (1791-1858), Italian papal diplomat and cardinal
  • Maximilian Spinola (1780-1857), Italian entomologist, born in Pézenas, Hérault, France
  • Marcelo Spinola y Maestre (1835-1906), Italian prelate, Archbishop of Seville
  • Alberto Spinola (1943-1964), Italian water polo player at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Magdalena Spínola (1896-1991), Guatemalan poet and biographer of Gabriela Mistral and one of the first female erotic poets of Central America
  • Cristina Spínola (b. 1976), Spanish journalist, athlete, television reporter, writer, and YouTuber
  • António de Spínola (1910-1996), Portuguese soldier and politician, the first President of Portugal after the dissolution of the Estado Novo government
  • António Sebastião Spínola (1875-1956), Portuguese politician, Inspector General of Finances

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook