Heraldic trace of family: Colamaria Ancient and noble family from Puglia, of clear and ancestral virtue, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. According to some heraldic reconstructions, the family descends from the noble Sicilian family Cola from Messina. Other assumptions, however, indicate that the family has been admitted to the nobility for giving great support in the wars against the turkish invader. Anyway, the Colamaria family, always stood out, thanks to the prominent figures, which gave birth, in the public service, in the liberal professions and in the military service. Among these, without undervalue the omitted, we would like to mention: Giuseppe, militiaman, who distinguished himself, under the Aragon flag, in the war of Otranto against the Ottomans; Gio. Batta, landowner, flourishing in Bari, in 1502; Federico, jurist, flourishing in Bari, in 1518; Giovanni Maria, landowner, flourishing in Giovinazzo, in 1546; Pietro, who distinguished himself in the defense of Malta against the Turks, in... To be continued
1565; Fr. Antonio, of the Order of Preachers, flourishing in 1604; Leone, landowner, flourishing in Bari, in 1621; Fr. Francesco, canon, theologian and apostolic commissioner, flourishing in 1638; Cola Antonio, who served the King of Spain during the revolt of Masaniello, in 1647; Federico Maria, jurist, living in Bari, in 1686; Fr. Benedetto, Canon and apostolic commissioner, living in Trani, in 1712; Antonino, landowner, flourishing in Giovinazzo, in 1748; Alessandro, Royal Notary, living in Naples, in 1779, Fr. Agostino, canon, theologian and apostolic commissioner, living in Napoli, in 1794; Giovanni Maria, physician, living in Naples, in 1802; Giuseppe, soldier, who participated in the campaign of 1860/61 for the defence of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. Family names so old, without any doubt honour not only families but also the cities that welcomed them; seems to be, in fact, very worthy the living members of this family which, with much decorum, carry this noble surname, which has had several illustrious members.