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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 Volta 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 Volta 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.

Volta Early Origins



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

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Volta Spelling Variations


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Volta 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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Volta Early History


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Volta Early History



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

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Volta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Volta 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 Volta 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:

Volta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Angelo Volta, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Marsico, Italy, in 1893

Volta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arturo Volta, aged 31, who landed in America from Mistretta, Italy, in 1906
  • Elmo Volta, aged 4, who emigrated to America from Penango, Italy, in 1909
  • Costantino Volta, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Mango, Italy, in 1910
  • Alessandro Volta, aged 42, who landed in America from Pontelandolfo, Italy, in 1910
  • Domenico Volta, aged 28, who landed in America from Marsiconuovo, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    11. ...

    The Volta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Volta 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.

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