to today’s search engines we have been able to do some research
on the Lo Schiavo name.
We certainly have not exhausted all the available resources and the research
was not in depth.
Nevertheless the information found and presented here helps to piece a
“generic mosaic” of a group of people that lived before us.
In searching for the Lo Schiavos we must first understand the reason for
their leaving their birthplace and also be mindful that the meaning of
the name itself was distorted or amplified as they moved about.
In fact between 1000 and 1300 we find them mentioned often but the references
are vague and not supported or well documented in the archives.
It is during this period that not only groups of “Slavs”
but also other ethnic groups leave their homeland and roam the Italian
peninsula in order to find a better life. In this respect the “Slavs”,
the predecessors of the “Lo Schiavos”
are no different than the emigrants of today.
The first reference to the name with any historical validity describes
a particular branch of Lo Schiavo family as: “An
old and noble family coming from Scizia settling in Tromonti near Amalfi
and living in the Pontalto Castle c. 1300.”
According to this source, we now have historical proof of a settlement
of Lo Schiavos in the Amalfi area who were of noble birth, powerful and
are entered in the registries of Nobility.
Other sources also give us precise information stating that they came
from Bysantium and settled in different parts of Italy: “…they
departed from that most unfortunate of cities when it fell and was subjected
to the tyranny of the Turks after the empire was defeated by Mohammed
From the 1300 on, the references begin to be more precise and indicate
that at least some Lo Schiavo lines can be found in Southern Italy on
the coast line of both Salerno and Calabria (both sides Ionic and Tyrrenian)
especially in the Province of Vibo Valentia.
A hundred years or so later we find the first historical references to
them on the Aeolian Islands.
In 1420, we find an entry referring to the branch of the LoSchiavos in
Salina which names a Jaco
Lo Scavo who was cited in an archival document of the Archdiocese
of Lipari for taxes.
Unfortunately there are no references or documents found that links our
specific branch on the islands and the branches of mainland Sicily and/or
to the Amalfi branch.
One theory is that after reaching the Amalfi area, some of them settled
there while others (either individuals or family groups) continued on
searching settling finally in Sicily and on our islands.
There are references to the Lo Schiavos in the Tromonti
area before the 1300 and after this date there is documentation well preserved.
In fact one document mentions that on the 30th of January 1308 they received
a vassalage from Charles the II then king of Naples and that around 1500
they stransferred to Radicena near Palmi.
( Top friend of this website) carefully and kindly translated for you
antonio 7° lo schiavo di S.Marina