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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.
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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
The Crespo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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