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

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Defrancesco. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Defrancesco came from the very popular medieval given name Francis, which itself was originally derived from the Latin Franciscus. This was originally a name for a Frenchman.

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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 Defrancesco are Franceschi, Francesco, Francesca, De Franceschi, De Francesco, De Francisci, De Franciscis, Di Francesco, Francescatti, Franchetti, Franciscello, Franceschelli, Franceschetti, Franceschetto, Franceschet, Franceschini, Franceschin, Franceschinel, Francescotti, Francesconi, Francescon, Francescato, Cecchi, Ceschi, Checchi, Chini and many more.

First found in Siena where Bartolomeo di Francesco lived in 1349.


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

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Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Defrancesco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Defrancesco: Frank Franceschini, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1873.

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