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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Volpato family. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Volpato is a name for a person who was clever and noted for their wisdom. The surname is derived from Italian word volpe, which literally means fox. It is interesting to note that it was only in later years that the word fox was attributed to a person who was sly or cunning.

Volpato Early Origins



The surname Volpato was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis.)

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Volpato Early History


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Volpato Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Volpato research. More information is included under the topic Early Volpato History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Volpato Spelling Variations


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Volpato Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Volpe, Volpes, Vlpi, Volpi, Volpis, Vulpi, Dalla Volpe, Della Volpe, La Volpicella, La Volpe, Lavolpe, Volpella, Volpelli, Volpatti, Volpatto, Volpone, Volponi, Volpato, Volpicella, Volpicèlla, Volpicello and many more.

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Volpato Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Volpato Early Notables (pre 1700)



By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Volpato Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ailvio Volpato, aged 32, who landed in America from Lonigo, Italy, in 1909
  • Giacinto Volpato, aged 32, who landed in America from Pezzan, Italy, in 1909
  • Giovanni Volpato, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Paese, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Volpato, aged 6, who landed in America from Trevignano, Italy, in 1911
  • Menardo Volpato, aged 7, who landed in America from Trevignano, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Volpato Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Luigi Volpato, aged 17, who settled in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, in 1910

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