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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Delgavio, Gavio, De Gavio, Gado, Gano, Garo and many more.

First found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garofalo research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1648, 1676, and 1722 are included under the topic Early Garofalo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garofalo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Giuseppe Garofalo, who came to Ashtabula Co, OH sometime between 1875 and 1906
  • Domenico Garofalo, who came to New York, NY in 1893
  • Adimonte Garofalo, aged 7, who landed in America from S. Margano Tanio, in 1898
  • Albano Michele Garofalo, aged 0, who landed in America from Campofelice, in 1898

Garofalo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfonso Garofalo, aged 23, who settled in America from Montella, in 1903
  • Angela Garofalo, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Borgetto, Sicily, in 1907
  • Alfonso Garofalo, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Gragnano, Italy, in 1911
  • Amunziata Garofalo, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Carpanzano, Italy, in 1911
  • Alessandra Garofalo, aged 19, who settled in America from Sessa, Italy, in 1911


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  • Janeane Garofalo (b. 1964), American actress and activist
  • Carlo Giorgio Garofalo (1886-1962), Italian composer and organist
  • Il Garofalo (1481-1559), Italian painter
  • Raffaele Garofalo (1851-1934), Italian jurist and criminologist


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  2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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  7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Garofalo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garofalo 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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