Blasio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Blasio 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 Blasio 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 Blasio family
The surname Blasio was first found in the city of Benevento.
Important Dates for the Blasio family
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Blasio 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 Blasio 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 Blasio 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 of Cremona was a monk in 1740; Sebastiano Biagini was a famous painter, musician and lawyer in La Spezia in...
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Migration of the Blasio family
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Blasio or a variant listed above: Castello Attilio Biagia, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878; Ernesto DeBlasio, aged 27, who arrived at Ellis Island from Campolattaro, Italy, in 1910.
Contemporary Notables of the name Blasio (post 1700)
- Ralph De Blasio, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 63rd District, 1966 
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