July 19, 2010

The Canal




Origin Displayed: Italian

Where did the Italian Dacanay family come from? What is the Italian coat of arms/family crest? When did the Dacanay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

The Italian name Dacanay is derived from one of several places named Canale in northern Italy. The place name comes from the Italian word "canale," meaning "canal." Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames, created from place names are also found. These local names, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land, and often bear the prefix "di," meaning "from."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Canal, Canale, Canali, Da Canale, Da CanĂ l, Da Canal, Canaletto, Canalini, Canales and many more.

First found in the area around the city of Ferrara, where Tommaso Canali was a judge in the mid 12th century. One line of the Dacanay family originated in the Polcevera valley, northwest Italy, and was first mentioned in documents dating from the year 1100. Of this line, Emanuele Canale was a member of the faction that supported Paolo Da Novi in 1506. Otto Canella (d. before 1143) was Consul of Genoa in 1133 and is an ancestor of the House of Grimaldi, the family which to this day, rules Monaco.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gusto Canale, who arrived in the city of Philadelphia in 1868; F. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1825; A. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829.

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