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Where did the Italian Flores family come from? What is the Italian Flores family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flores family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flores family history?

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Flores. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Flores family lived in the city of Naples, where records reveal that the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio in 1313.

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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Flores include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.

First found in as early as 1313 when the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flores research. More information is included under the topic Early Flores History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flores Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Flores arrived in North America very early:

  • Alonso Flores came to Mexico in 1539
  • Alonso Flores, who settled in Mexico in 1539
  • Alejo Flores arrived in Colombia in 1576
  • Alvaro Alfonso Flores settled in Guatemala in 1595

Flores Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Flores, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • M DeLa Flores, aged 23, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1626

Flores Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco Flores, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Bernardino De Flores, who landed in America in 1811
  • Maria Flores, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro De Flores, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Catalina De Flores, who arrived in America in 1814


Flores Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Angelo Flores, aged 34, who settled in America from Pomarico, in 1907
  • Alfonso Flores, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Angelo Flores, aged 47, who landed in America from Pomarico, Italy, in 1921
  • Angel Flores, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Albert P. Flores, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1924

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  • Randy Alan Flores (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • David Romero Flores (b. 1968), Mexican jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing, three-time winner of the Breeders' Cup
  • Mario Flores, Bolivian playwright
  • Lola Flores (1923-1995), Spanish singer and actress
  • Dr. Domingo Flores, Bolivian geographer
  • Dr. Manuel Flores, Mexican journalist
  • Juan José Flores (1801-1864), Venezuelan statesman
  • Virginia Jaramillo Flores, Mexican politician affiliated to the Party of the Democratic Revolution
  • Antonio Munguía Flores (b. 1942), retired Mexican football midfielder
  • Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé (b. 1950), President of Honduras (January 1998 to January 2002)

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  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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The Flores Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flores Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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