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

The name Desimone originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Desimone means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Simone, Simonelli, Simonetti, Simoni, Simioni, Desimone and many more.

First found in Trapani, anciently Drepanum, Sicily. Bearers of Desimone or one of its spelling variations have been found throughout southern Italy, but particularly on the island of Sicily, and in the region of Campania.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desimone research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1605, 1346, 1358, 1410, 1480, 1506, 1522, 1605, 1650 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Desimone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desimone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Amalia DeSimone, a 19 year old girl who arrived in New York in 1888 on board the "SS Letimbro"

Desimone Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Giuseppe DeSimone, who arrived in New York in 1882 onboard the Orsola
  • Alfonso DeSimone, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Antonina Desimone, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Campagna, in 1892

Desimone Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Achille DeSimone, aged 23, who landed in America from Montalto Uffupo, in 1903
  • Antonia DeSimone, aged 25, who settled in America from S. Meola, Caserta, Italy, in 1908
  • Anna DeSimone, aged 17, who landed in America from Casalunovon, Napoli, in 1909
  • Angela Desimone, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Castrogioda, Italy, in 1912
  • Angelo DeSimone, aged 38, who settled in America from Castellucci, Italy, in 1913


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  • Philip DeSimone (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey centre
  • Tom DeSimone, American director, writer, producer and editor
  • Paul DeSimone, Boston-based bodybuilder and filmmaker
  • Vincent J. DeSimone Jr. (1918-1979), American Chief of Detectives of Passaic County, New Jersey
  • Bob DeSimone (b. 1946), American actor
  • Joseph M. DeSimone (b. 1964), American chemical engineer
  • Louis Anthony DeSimone (b. 1922), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Giovanni de Simone (1919-1985), original name of Johnny Desmond, the American singer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Unguibus armatus in hostem
Motto Translation: Armed Against The Enemy.

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  2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Desimone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desimone 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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