The Trapani surname is a habitational name, taken on from the name of the city of Trapani, in western Sicily.
Early Origins of the Trapani family
The surname Trapani was first found in Palermo (Sicilian: Palermu, Latin: Panormus), a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the region of Sicily
and the Province of Palermo at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. Originally a Phoenician colony in the 3rd century B.C., Palermo was later held by Carthage and then the Saracens, in 835. The Normans
were in the region from 1050; the region flourished and many ancient ruins exist from that time period, including two city gates. 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.
Early History of the Trapani family
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Trapani Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Trapani, Trapanese, Trapnotto, Trepani, Trepanese and many more.
Early Notables of the Trapani family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Trapani family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Trapani Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carmela Trapani, age 23, who arrived in America on March 17, 1880, aboard the "Trinacria"
- Amalia Trapani, age 20, who arrived in America on Nov. 30, 1883, aboard the "Vincenzo Florio"
- Rosaria Trapani, age 17, who arrived in New York on July 24, 1886, aboard the "Italia"
- Biagio Trapani, age 33, who arrived in America on March 2, 1888, aboard the "California"
Contemporary Notables of the name Trapani (post 1700)
- Gina Marie Trapani (b. 1975), American tech blogger, web developer, and writer
- Francesco Trapani (b. 1957), Italian CEO of the jeweler and luxury goods retailer, Bulgari
- Saint Albert Trapani (1250-1306), Sicilian saint
- Rachel Legrain Trapani (b. 1988), Miss France in 2007