Alfonso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Alfonso can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Alfonso was derived from the personal name "Alfonso."

Alfonso Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DiFonzo, DiFonso and others.

Alfonso migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alfonso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sebastian Alfonso, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Gonzalo Alfonso, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Manuel Alfonso, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • Juan Alfonso, aged 21, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]
  • Lope Alfonso, who landed in Veragua in 1835 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Alfonso (post 1700)

  • Christian Alfonso López (b. 1989), Spanish professional footballer
  • María Luisa Vidal Alfonso (b. 1923), Spanish novelist
  • José Alfonso Belloso y Sánchez (1873-1938), El Salvador Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of San Salvador (1927-1938)
  • Juan Alfonso Baptista Díaz (b. 1976), Venezuelan actor and model
  • Charles Alfonso Kinder II (b. 1946), American novelist
  • Luis Alfonso Solorio (b. 1994), Mexican footballer
  • Carlos Alfonso Guillén (b. 1975), Venezuelan professional baseball player
  • Carlos Alfonso Espósito (b. 1941), retired Argentine football referee
  • Vincenzo Alfonso Visco (b. 1942), Italian politician and economist, Treasury Minister from 2000 to 2001
  • Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez (1930-2010), Bolivian/American educator awarded the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education in 1988 and the subject of the 1988 film Stand and Deliver

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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