Show ContentsAlfonzo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Alfonzo 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 Alfonzo was derived from the personal name "Alfonso."

Alfonzo Spelling Variations

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

United States Alfonzo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alfonzo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antoni Alfonzo, aged 21, who arrived in Texas in 1884 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Alfonzo (post 1700) +

  • Rafael Ramón Conde Alfonzo (1943-2020), Venezuelan Roman Catholic bishop
  • Eduardo Plaza Alfonzo (b. 1911), lawyer from Venezuela
  • Giovanni Alfonzo Borelli (1608-1679), Italian mathematician
  • Alfonzo Spigner, American actor and producer, known for Lenny & The Blackhawk (2018), Locked In (2014) and Lost n' Found (2017)
  • Alfonzo Surrett, American funk/soul singer, best known for his album Comin' Out (1980)

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook