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

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Fiore. 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 Fiore came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."

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In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Fiore include Fiore, Fiori, Fiora, Fior, Floris, Flores, Dal Fiore, Dalla Fior, Di Fiore, La Fiore, Fiorelli, Fiorello, Fiorella, Fiorellini, Fiorellino, Fiorillo, Fioriglio, Fioretti, Fioretto, Fioritto, Fiorotto, Fiorucci, Fioruzzi, Fioroni, Fiorone, Fiorani, Fioranti, Fiorasi and many more.

First found in Pistoia, when a Fioravante was a member of the government council in the city.


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

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Another 317 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fiore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Early records show that people bearing the name Fiore arrived in North America quite early:

Fiore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Fiore, age 36, arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro from Palermo, December 3, 1888
  • Stefano Fiore traveled on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22, 1893

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  • Mike "Lefty" Fiore (b. 1944), American baseball player
  • Alan Di Fiore, American award-winning screenwriter. DiFiore recently won his third Gemini Award for his work on the Da Vinci's Inquest television show
  • Mauro Fiore (b. 1064), American cinematographer
  • Quentin Fiore (b. 1920), American graphic designer
  • Kathryn Fiore (b. 1979), American Actress
  • Mark Fiore (b. 1970), American political cartoonist and recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
  • Stefano Fiore (b. 1975), Italian footballer


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  • The House of Flowers = La Casa di Fiore: 1890-1990 by Mary Palmer.
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  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Fiore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fiore 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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