Mario Lanza

Brief Life History of Mario

When Mario Lanza was born on 31 January 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Antonio Cocozza Sr., was 25 and his mother, Maria Cristina Lanza, was 19. He married Elizabeth Jeanette Lyhan on 12 April 1945. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States in 1940. He died on 7 October 1959, in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy, at the age of 38, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Mario Lanza
Elizabeth Jeanette Lyhan
Marriage: 12 April 1945
Colleen Lanza Coccozza
Damon Anthony Lanza Coccozza
Marc Lanza Coccozza

Sources (9)

  • Alfred Cocozza nella famiglia di Anthony Cocozza, “United States Census, 1940”
  • Alfred Arnold Cocozza, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Lanza nel documento di Colleen Lanza Davis, “California Death Index, 1940-1997”

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Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Italian Salvatore, Sal, Carlo, Giovanni, Santo, Umberto, Virna, Aldo, Alfio, Angelo, Antonio, Calogero. Spanish Jose, Mario, Rosario, Jorge, Luis, Ernesto, Gerardo, Joaquin, Julio, Miguel, Otilio, Rafael.

Italian: from a dialect or old form of Lancia .

Italian: from a short form of a personal nameformed with the suffix -lanza or -lancia, as for exampleFrancalanza and Giallanza.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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