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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Alfano. The surname Alfano was created from the Latin personal name "Alfunus."

Alfano Early Origins



The surname Alfano 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.

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Alfano Spelling Variations


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Alfano 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 Alfano include Alfano, Alfani, Elfano and others.

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Alfano Early History


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Alfano Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfano research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1540 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Alfano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alfano Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alfano Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alfano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Alfano arrived in North America quite early:

Alfano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Calmina Alfano, Pavola Alfano, Vincent Alfano and Giovamuina Alfano, all recorded in the Louisiana census of 1910
  • Frank Alfano, who was naturalized in Arkansas in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alfano (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alfano (post 1700)



  • Vanessa Alfano (b. 1976), the American founder of healthystyleny. com
  • JoAnn Alfano, American television producer
  • Thomas W Alfano (b. 1959), American Lawyer and state senator for New York (1996-)
  • Alfredo Alfano (1924-1988), Italian painter
  • Angelino Alfano (b. 1970), Italian politician
  • Franco Alfano (1875-1954), Italian composer and pianist
  • Graciela Alfano (b. 1952), Argentine model, actress and vedette

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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    The Alfano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alfano 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 April 2015 at 19:09.

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