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Volpi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Volpi 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 Volpi 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.

Early Origins of the Volpi family

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

Early History of the Volpi family

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Volpi 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.

Early Notables of the Volpi family (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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Migration of the Volpi family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Volpi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adriano Volpi, aged 46, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Angelo Volpi, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Volpi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Volpi, aged 43, who settled in America from Bedonia, Italy, in 1906
  • Antonio Volpi, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Bedonia, Italy, in 1906
  • Albino Volpi, aged 26, who landed in America from Fabine, Italy, in 1908
  • Antonio Volpi, aged 0, who landed in America from Bosco Romano, Massa Cassari, in 1911
  • Angelina Volpi, aged 19, who landed in America from Betano, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Volpi (post 1700)

  • Mike Volpi (b. 1966), Italian-born, American venture capitalist, former CEO of Cisco Systems
  • Charles P. de Volpi (1911-1981), Canadian philatelist, inducted into the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1982
  • Franco Volpi (1921-1997), Italian actor and voice actor
  • Sergio Volpi (b. 1974), Italian professional footballer
  • Giuseppe Volpi (1877-1947), Italian businessman and Fascist politician, Governor of Tripolitana (1921-1925), President of Confindustria (1934-1943)
  • Giovanni Volpi (b. 1937), Italian automobile racing manager
  • Giacomo Lauri- Volpi (1892-1979), Italian operatic tenor
  • Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988), Italian-born, Brazilian modernist painter
  • Alberto Volpi (b. 1962), Italian road bicycle racer, winner of the Wincanton Classic (1993)
  • Jorge Volpi (b. 1968), Mexican novelist and essayist

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