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

The surname D'ambrosio came from the name Ambrose, which was in turn derived from the Latin Ambrosius, which means immortal. The name Ambrose was extremely popular and spread rapidly because of devotion to Saint Ambrose, who lived during the 4th century and was one of the four Fathers of the Western Christian church. He was Governor of Liguria in northern Italy and became the Bishop of Milan in 374 even though he was not yet baptized. As bishop, St. Ambrose was a brilliant administrator and a courageous opponent of Arianism, which the Emperor Theodosius supported.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ambrogi, Ambrogio, Ambrosi, Ambrosio, Ambros, D'Ambrogi, D'Ambrogio, D'Ambrosi, D'Ambrosio, D'Ambros, Deambrogi, Deambrogio, Ambrogelli, Ambrogetti, Ambrogioli, Ambroset, Ambrosani, Ambrosati, Ambrosoni, Ambrogiani, Brogio, Broso, Broggi, Brogetti, Brozolo and many more.

First found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. The famous University of Bologna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. Tisso was tried there for 1564 for writing satirical poems. Bologna naturally, is famous for its sausages. But many noted scholars were born there. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our D'ambrosio research. Another 346 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1256, 1655, and 1735 are included under the topic Early D'ambrosio History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

D'ambrosio Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alberto D'Ambrosio, aged 23, who landed in America from Galdo, in 1899

D'ambrosio Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfanto d'Ambrosio, aged 9, who landed in America from Campagna, in 1903
  • Alessandro D'Ambrosio, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Campagna, Italy, in 1904
  • Adolfo D'Ambrosio, aged 16, who landed in America from Morradero, Italy, in 1905
  • Adolfo D'Ambrosio, aged 24, who settled in America from Napoli, Napoli, in 1907
  • Alfonso D'Ambrosio, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Campagna, Italy, in 1912


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  • Charles D'Ambrosio (b. 1958), American short story writer and essayist
  • Franc D'Ambrosio (b. 1962), American singer and actor
  • Meredith D'Ambrosio (b. 1941), American jazz singer
  • Joe D'Ambrosio (b. 1953), American sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer
  • Paul D'Ambrosio, American journalist and novelist
  • Jérôme d'Ambrosio (b. 1985), Belgian racing driver of Italian descent
  • Danilo D'Ambrosio (b. 1988), Italian footballer
  • Dario D'Ambrosio (b. 1988), Italian footballer
  • Liliana D'Ambrosio (b. 1964), Australian politician


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  7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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  9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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The D'ambrosio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The D'ambrosio 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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