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Early Origins of the Strano family

Ancient and notable family of Sicily, it is said that it is of the same agnation as the Trano da Messina family and that it raises the same weapon; the surname variation is unknown, it was probably a stratagem to escape persecution between Guelphs and Ghibellines. The surname Strano was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
The Italian surname of Strano was derived from the Old French word 'estrange' a nickname meaning a stranger. One newly arrived at the town or in the village. The name was derived from the Old French word Estrange, and was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form Extraneus. Other spellings of the name include Strainge, Lestrange, Estrange, Stranger, Sraneo and Strani to name but a few.


Trano & Strano Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Strano, Ustranu, Trano, Traina,Traino, Trana and others. There are many authors who talk about this family. The Minutoli, Inveges, Mugnos and others collected by Palizzolo Gravina in his "Il Blasone in Sicilia, or Heraldic Collection, printed in Palermo in 1871-75". It seems to be originally from Puglia and passed to Sicily, whence it lived in the city of Palermo. He enjoyed nobility in Messina in the XII and XIII centuries. Galluppi says in his works: Present state of the Messina nobility (1881), printed in Milan by Bernardoni in 1881; Nobleman of the city of Messina, printed in Naples in 1878; The Italian Armistista, printed in Milan in 1872, of which Galluppi refers to an ancient and clear nobility.


The Blason and the migration of the Strano family in United Kindom
Blue, to the golden lion, rampant against a tower of the same, motive from the tip, surmounted by three silver stars, ordered at the head. The blason after the migration in the United Kingdom has Saint George and The Dragon in addition to the Tower and the Lion

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