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

The Cirillo surname is derived from the place name Cirillo, located in south central Italy. As such, it is classed as a local name, 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, but does not necessarily denote nobility.In the local dialect of Cirillo, the place-name is pronounced Cercelle, while natives are called Circellese. Alternatively, the surname Cirillo may come from a personal name, ultimately derived from the Greek mythological name Circe.

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There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Cirillo are Cirillo, Ciri, Ciraulo, Ciraula, Cirauli, Cirilli, Cirilla, Cirilo, Cirili, Cirila, Ciriaci, Ciria, Ciriani, Cirotto, Cirotti, Cirello, Cirenei, Ciringhelli, Cirini, Cirino and many more.

First found in the year 1153, when records show Filippo Ciria of Cremona, who was made the Bishop of Capua.


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

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cirillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cirillo, or a variant listed above:

Cirillo Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A. Cirillo, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1892
  • A. Antonio Cirillo, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1896

Cirillo Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfonso Cirillo, aged 6, who landed in America from Boscotrecase, Napoli, in 1909
  • Anacleto Cirillo, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Di Pignallo, Italy, in 1912
  • Amelia Cirillo, aged 26, who landed in America from San Leucio, Italy, in 1913
  • Alfonso Cirillo, aged 17, who settled in America from Lauriana, Salerno, in 1914
  • Alessandrino Cirillo, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Monreale, Palermo, in 1914


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  • Jeffrey Howard Cirillo (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Bruno "Brunillo" Cirillo (b. 1977), Italian footballer
  • Domenico Cirillo (1739-1799), Italian physician and patriot, a statue of him is found in Grumo Nevano
  • Gustavo Cirillo (b. 1961), Argentine Olympic sprint canoer who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics


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The Cirillo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cirillo 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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