FINDING THE FIRST GOGLIA
THIS IS AN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TASK, BUT WE CAN FIND CLUES FROM OLD RECORDS. THEN THERE IS THE NAME GOLIA, WHICH IN ITALIAN MEANS GIANT AS IN DAVID AND GOLIATH OR DAVIDE E GOLIA.
So, is the name Goglia or Golia. Was the name changed from Golia to Goglia to reflect pronunciation? Was the "g" in Golia dropped to my pronunciation easier? There is a monastery in Romania named Golia.
Istria has two villages located near Labin (Albona) that were named Goglia, now called Golji. The name was changed from Goglia after World War 2. Istria has changed rulers many times over the centuries. The Republic of Venice held Istria for the longest period of time. The Hapsburgs were the next, but losing Istria to Italy after World War 1. It is possible the fascist rule of Italy/Istria created the villages of Goglia. Mussolini was to increase Italian presence in the Istrian penisula. It is difficult to find the name of villages prior to 1920.