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The distinguished surname Crespo can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. 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 Piedmont 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 Crespo came from the given name Crispo. The Italian name Crespi is derived from the Latin name Crispus, and from the adjective crispus, which means curly or wavy hair. The surname Crespi may also be of nickname origin, given to someone who had curly hair. The surname Crespi appears most frequently in the area near Naples and in eastern Sicily.


The surname Crespo was first found in Northern Italy evolved from the place named Crespi d'Adda in Bergamo. One of the first references of the name was in the year 1130, when Ansaldo Crispini was a government councillor in Genoa.

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 Crespo include Crespi, Crispi, Crispini, Crespini, Crespiani, Crespo, Crispo, Crespellani and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crespo research. More information is included under the topic Early Crespo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Alberto Crespi a priest, born in Milan in 1390; Giovanni Battista Crespi, a painter in Novara in the late 16th century; Daniele Crespi of Milan, a well known artist during the 16th century, whose frescoes can be seen in the Certosa di Garegnano in...

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Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crespo were among those contributors:

Crespo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Julian Crespo, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823
  • A Crespo, aged 8, landed in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • C Crespo, aged 6, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • M Crespo, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Agustin Crespo, who arrived in Cartagena in 1834
  • ...

  • Jaime Crespo (b. 1961), Mexican-American multi-artist, musician, and writer
  • Diane Crespo, American producer and director of feature films and documentaries
  • Marcos A. Crespo (b. 1980), American Democratic member of the New York State Assembly
  • James "Jimmy" Crespo Jr. (b. 1954), American guitarist
  • Jesus Munõz Crespo (1899-1979), Portuguese footballer
  • Israel Omar Crespo (1986-2007), Puerto Rican professional boxer
  • José Manuel Crespo (b. 1972), Spanish sprint canoer
  • Daniel Fernández Crespo (1901-1964), Uruguayan political figure
  • Andrés Crespo (b. 1968), Spanish fencer
  • Cristóbal Márquez Crespo (b. 1984), Spanish footballer
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Crespo Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Crespo 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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