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The distinguished surname Alfonsi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Alfonsi was derived from the personal name "Alfonso."

Alfonsi Early Origins




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Alfonsi Spelling Variations


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Alfonsi Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: DiFonzo, DiFonso and others.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alfonsi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Alfonsi, aged 16, who settled in America from Icciono, Italy, in 1907
  • Astolfo Alfonsi, aged 36, who landed in America from Lucca, Italy, in 1909
  • Arcangelo Alfonsi, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Capisfrello, Italy, in 1910
  • Cesidio Alfonsi, aged 33, who landed in America from Copistrello, Italy, in 1910
  • Emrico Alfonsi, aged 15, who settled in America from Massarosa, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alfonsi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alfonsi (post 1700)



  • Paul Alfonsi (1908-1989), American politician, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Sharyn Alfonsi (b. 1972), American on-air correspondent and journalist who appears on ABC News
  • Nicolas Alfonsi (b. 1936), French politician, member of the Senate of France
  • François Alfonsi (b. 1953), French politician, Member of the European Parliament

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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    The Alfonsi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alfonsi 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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