A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Alfanni. The surname Alfanni was created from the Latin personal name
Early Origins of the Alfanni family
The surname Alfanni was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany
, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries, dating back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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 first on record of the name appears to be Lapo Alfani, Italian poet, mentioned in 1290.
Early History of the Alfanni family
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Alfanni Spelling Variations
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 Alfanni include Alfano, Alfani, Elfano and others.
Early Notables of the Alfanni family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alfanni family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Alfanni arrived in North America quite early: Calmina Alfano, Pavola Alfano, Vincent Alfano and Giovamuina Alfano, all recorded in the Louisiana census of 1910; as well as Frank Alfano, who was naturalized in Arkansas in 1918..