The distinguished surname Biase originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Biase family lived in the city of Benevento, which lies east of Naples. Earliest records date back to the 14th century, when the Blasio family branched from this town to Bari, Catanzaro, and Reggio di Calabria.
Early Origins of the Biase family
The surname Biase was first found in the city of Benevento.
Biase Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Biase include Biaggi, Biagi, Biasi, Biasii, Biasio, Biase, Blasi, Blasio, Biagini, Biagia, Blase, Blas, De Biagi, De Biaggi, De Biasi, Debiasi, De Biase, De Blasi, De Blasio, De Blase, De Blasis, De Blasiis, De Biagio, Di Biasi, Di Biasio, Di Biaso, Di Biase, Di Blasi, Di Blas, Blasich, Blasic, Blasig, Blasigh, Blasevich, Biagelli, Biagetti, Beagini, Biagioli, Biagiotti, Biagioni, Biagianti, Biasetti, Biasetton, Biasini, Biasin, Biasioli, Biasiolo, Biasol, Biasotti, Biasiotti, Biasuz, Biasioni, Biasione, Biasone, Biason, Biasiutti, Biasiutto, Biasutti, Biasutto, Blasetti, Blasini, Blasina, Blasoni and many more.
Early Notables of the Biase family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gregorio Biagio, who was a lawyer in Genoa in 1530; Antonio Blasi, a soldier in Velletri in the 17th century; the Blasi family in Sicily
at this time were barons of Diesi and Sparacia; in 1688 Giuseppe Blasi was Baron
of Salina; Clemente Biagi... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biase Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biase family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Biase or a variant listed above:
Biase Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Clementine Biase, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894
- Cerasino Biase, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
- Dell Orfano Biase, aged 39, who settled in America from Fontanarose, in 1898
Biase Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Catalano Biase, aged 20, who landed in America from Cappoloni, Italy, in 1901
- Attilio Biase, aged 17, who settled in America from Vallata, in 1906
- Carmela Biase, aged 6, who landed in America from Bella, Patenza, in 1907
- Alfonso Biase, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Varapodis, Italy, in 1909
- Antonia Biase, aged 35, who landed in America from S. Fele, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Biase (post 1700)
- David Domenic Di Biase (1935-2001), British dentist who co-developed the Southend Clasp, a widely used retention component used on removable orthodontic appliances
- Michael Di Biase, Canadian Regional Councillor in (and the former mayor of) Vaughan, an suburb of Toronto, Ontario
- Anthony Di Biase (b. 1988), Canadian soccer player