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Surname Lancia and variations

Etymology

From the word "lancia" = lance, to indicate someone that uses a lance (soldier, lancer) or produces the weapon.
The listings collected from the white pages for Italy are based on the online phone directory for the years 2000-2005.

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History

There is also a noble branch of this family, of Piedmontese origin, descended from the Marquis "del Vasto", a secondary branch of the Aleramic Family. Famous individuals of this family were:
  • the ancestor Manfredi I, who lived around the year 1200, also a poet and minstrel, he met in a poetic challenge Peire Vidal in 1190. He died around 1214. It seems he was the first to use the surname Lancia, as a nickname from his role as a "lanciere" with the army of Frederick Barbarossa
  • Manfredi II, his son, born between 1185 and 1195, was a faithful vassal of Frederick II, who appointed him as "Vicario generale" of Italy in 1240, and later captain of Asti and Pavia.
  • Galvano, a son of Manfred II, was an important figure in the reign and marshal of Sicily in 1256. He sided with Corradino at Tagliacozzo against Charles of Anjou, was captured and killed.
  • Bonifazio d'Agliano, another son of Manfred II, who moved to Sicily with his daughter Bianca.
  • Bianca, a niece of Manfred II, grew up in the castle of Brolo, Messina, and was famous for her great beauty. She was traveling with her uncle Marquis of Vasto, when in 1232, at the age of 16, she met the Emperor Frederick II, who was married at the time. From their love story two children were born out of wedlock, Manfredi and Costanza, but it seems Frederick married her possibly in 1246.
  • Giordano d'Agliano, a brother of Bianca, was the King's governor in central Italy, leading the Ghibelline faction in the Montaperti battle in 1260 side by sade with Manente degli Uberti, nicknamed Farinata and celebrated in Dante's Inferno, where he was defeated and died later in prison in Benevento.
  • Corrado, a son of Frederick, after the fall of the Swabians took refuge in Aragona, where he died in 1300. The family branches in Sicily were the Lanza dukes of Brolo, and the Lanza of Trabia.
  • LANCIA
    The surname is relatively common in the Italian white pages and is widespread in Italy, appearing in almost 400 different comuni. The largest concentration is in southern Lazio. However many listings refer to assistance centers for the Lancia automotive company.
    • White Pages: also appears in the United States with over 200 listings, in Canada with about 50 listings, in Argentina with over 50 listings.
    • Ellis Island: about 250 arrivals for Lancia immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Southern Italy.
    LANCI
    The surname Lanci appears in Italy with 400 listings. It is a rare version, being mostly concentrated in southern Abruzzo and northern Marche.
    • White Pages: Lanci appears in the United States with 140 listings, in Canada with 11 listings, in Argentina with over 100 listings.
    • Ellis Island: 97 arrivals for Lanci immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Abruzzo (Lanciano, Frisa etc) and Marche (Pesaro, Fano).
    LANCINI
    The surname Lancini appears in Italy with around 1000 listings. It is a very localized surname, appearing mostly in central Lombardy.
    • White Pages: Lancini does not appear in the United States, in Canada with listings, in Argentina with only 2 listings.
    • Ellis Island: only 11 arrivals for Lancini immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from the area of Milan.
    LANCIONE
    The surname Lancione (singular of Lancioni) appears in Italy with 100 listings. It is very rare, and concentrated in Abruzzo and the area of Rome
    • White Pages: Lancione appears in the United States with over 50 listings, in Canada with over 20 listings, in Argentina with only 2 listings.
    • Ellis Island: 62 arrivals for Lancione immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Abruzzo (Scanno, Ofena, Fontecchio, Montorio).
    LANCIONI
    The surname Lancioni appears in Italy with 470 listings. It is relatively rare, and concentrated in Marche, Lazio and Tuscany
    • White Pages: Lancioni appears in the United States with over 40 listings, in Argentina with over 100 listings.
    • Ellis Island: 38 arrivals for Lancioni immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Marche, Lazio (Canale Monterano?).