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The surname Albanese was 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. The Island of Sicily attracted many Spanish traders, mercenaries and missionaries. Included was the Castillian family of Albanez.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Albanese, Albanez, Albanes, Albanesi, Albanelli, Albano, Albani and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albanese research. Another 332 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albanese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Albanese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adele Albanese, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Massafra, Italy, in 1909
  • Agostino Albanese, aged 23, who settled in America from Italy, in 1909
  • Agostino Albanese, aged 16, who landed in America from Cattanova, Italy, in 1910
  • Salvatore Albanese, who arrived in New York in 1910
  • Calogero Albanese, who settled in Illinois in 1913
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  • Frank Albanese (1931-2015), American character actor known for playing mobsters in Goodfellas (1990), A Dance with Andrea (2012), Dead Presidents (1995) and others
  • Licia Albanese (b. 1913), Italian-born, American operatic soprano
  • Lauren Albanese (b. 1989), American tennis player
  • Tom Albanese (b. 1957), the American chief executive officer and board member of the Rio Tinto Group
  • Vito A. Albanese, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 ; Candidate in primary for Governor of New Jersey, 1973
  • Sal F. Albanese, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988, 2008; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1992
  • Donald Joseph Albanese (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly 15th District, 1976-81; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Andrew Albanese, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1980
  • Antonio Albanese (b. 1947), Italian chef
  • Antonio Albanese (b. 1937), Italian fencer
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    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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    The Albanese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albanese 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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