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Origins Available: Italian
From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Flores. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Flores family lived in the city of Naples, where records reveal that the Florio family received the feudal
territories of Persano and Sandionisio in 1313.
The surname Flores was first found in as early as 1313 when the Florio family received the feudal
territories of Persano and Sandionisio.
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Flores include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flores research. More information is included under the topic Early Flores History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 279 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flores Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Flores arrived in North America very early:
- Alonso Flores came to Mexico in 1539
- Alonso Flores, who settled in Mexico in 1539
- Alejo Flores arrived in Colombia in 1576
- Alvaro Alfonso Flores settled in Guatemala in 1595
Flores Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Flores, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- M DeLa Flores, aged 23, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1626
Flores Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisco Flores, who arrived in America in 1810
- Bernardino De Flores, who landed in America in 1811
- Maria Flores, who landed in America in 1813
- Pedro De Flores, who arrived in America in 1813
- Catalina De Flores, who arrived in America in 1814
Flores Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Flores, aged 34, who settled in America from Pomarico, in 1907
- Alfonso Flores, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1920
- Angelo Flores, aged 47, who landed in America from Pomarico, Italy, in 1921
- Angel Flores, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1923
- Albert P. Flores, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1924
- Cirilo B. Flores (1948-2014), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego
- David Romero Flores (b. 1968), Mexican jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing, three-time winner of the Breeders' Cup
- Randy Alan Flores (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- Modesto Velazquez Flores (1909-1998), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1944, 1956 (alternate), 1960
- Bill Flores, American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 17th District; Elected 2010, 2012
- Diana Flores, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 104th District, 2000
- John V. Flores, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 31st District, 1994, 1996
- Lance Flores, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas, 2000, 2002
- Manny Flores, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004
- Monica Flores, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
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- Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
The Flores Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flores 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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