THE SEARCH FOR OUR FAMILY
When I started this search, it started in the United States. Looking for the name Goglia, I was (still am) surprised to find so many in America. I grew up knowing there were relatives in Syracuse, New York. My dad told of family in the pasta business. Back then, it was called macaroni. Outside my dad's sister, Maria in New Orleans and his brother, Amerigo in Caserta, that was the extent of my knowledge of La Famiglia Goglia.
My first trip to Italy was in 1996. On that trip, I was introduced to cousins I never knew existed. That moment was indeed heartwarming. The same was true as I sat in the Family History Library and found the ship with Mose Goglia, my dad's uncle, who was going to his uncle Ernesto in Syracuse. Mose was in the macaroni business in Vitulano. The same was true when during an Internet search for Goglia, I found the e-mail address of Margaret Goglia. As we shared information, we realized the connection. Margaret's dad, Ernest, was in the macaroni business in Syracuse, GOGLIA MACARONI. Margaret's dad is the grandson of Ernesto Goglia.
As I started to look for Goglia in Italy, I also began to read about the history of Italy. My search for Goglia started in the Benevento province. This is where 60% of the surname Goglia is located. Vitulano has the greatest concentration of Goglia, but not all. I began to look for Goglia outside Benevento. I found Goglia in Salerno, around Milan and in Trieste. Enough names showed up in these areas to indicate not all Goglia came from Vitulano, Benevento. As my research expanded, I found Goglia in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary. We are all over the place! Where did we come from?
I started to read about the earlier history of Italy. Only when I started read about the Longobardos (Lombards) did I make a possible connection. This germanic tribe established themselves in the area near present-day Hamburg. Their origins have been reported as coming from Denmark. Their migration eventually brought them to Italy. In 568, they conquered northern Italy and set up a kingdom in Pavia. Soon after, the Lombards set up duchies in Spoleto, Benevento and finally Salerno.
Follow the route of Lombards into Italy, wherever they established a presence, today there is a concentration of the surname Goglia. In Croatia and Slovenia the name Goglia was changed (by the government) to Golja. Today, many are changing the name back to Goglia. In Croatia, near Labin, in the area of Istria, there are two villages named Goglia (Golji). Before the Lombards conquered Italy, they settled the ancient Roman province of Pannonia. This area encompasses present-day Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.
Please note, further reading makes also possible the name Goglia, with it's various translations, may arisen east of Croatia in the area of Romania. During the Middle Ages, cerca 500 a.d., the Lombards would ally with other peoples as they expanded territory.