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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 Volpe 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 Volpe 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.

Volpe Early Origins



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

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Volpe Spelling Variations


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Volpe 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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Volpe Early History


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Volpe Early History



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

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Volpe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Volpe 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...

Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Volpe 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:

Volpe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelina Volpe, aged 2, who landed in America from Stella Cilento, in 1902
  • Adelina Volpe, aged 1, who emigrated to America from Ragiano Gravina, Italy, in 1907
  • Alessandra Volpe, aged 3, who landed in America from S. Nicole, Italy, in 1909
  • Agnello Volpe, aged 17, who landed in America from San Ferdinando di Puglia, Italy, in 1909
  • Alaldo Volpe, aged 19, who settled in America from Piperno, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Volpe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Volpe (post 1700)



  • James T. Della Volpe, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ansonia, Connecticut, 2010-12
  • Michael P. Volpe, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Tuckahoe, New York, 1953
  • M. Carroll Volpe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • John Anthony Volpe (1908-1994), American Republican politician, Governor of Massachusetts, 1961-63, 1965-69; Defeated, 1962; U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 1969-73; U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1973-77
  • Jennie B. Volpe, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 1956
  • Claire Volpe, American politician, Mayor of Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, 2007
  • Amedeo H. Volpe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 1944
  • Arnold Volpe (1869-1940), Lithuanian-born American composer and conductor
  • Giancarlo Volpe (b. 1974), Italian-American animator, director, and producer
  • Jon Volpe (b. 1968), American star running back in the CFL
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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    The Volpe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Volpe 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 December 2016 at 06:05.

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