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

The Donofrio surname comes from the Italian personal name Onofrio, which is derived from the Latin Onnuphrius. It became a popular Christian name, mainly in Southern Italy due to St. Onofrio, a 5th-century Egyptian martyr.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: D'Onofrio, D'Onofri, Nofri, Noferi, Noferini, Onofrio and many more.

First found in Emilia. 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 Donofrio research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donofrio History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Donofrio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donofrio Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Luigi Donofrio, who came to Ashtabula Co. OH sometime between 1875 and 1906

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  • Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio (b. 1959), American actor, film producer, and singer
  • Beverly Donofrio (b. 1950), American author
  • Nicholas M. Donofrio (b. 1945), Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at the IBM Corporation until 2008
  • Heather Daly Donofrio (b. 1969), American professional golfer
  • Denis D'Onofrio (b. 1989), Italian professional football player
  • Dominique D'Onofrio (b. 1953), Italo-Belgian football coach


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  2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  7. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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The Donofrio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donofrio 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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