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Cris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Cris family


The surname Cris was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily they invaded Greece. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Cris family


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Cris Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Crisafuli, Cristafoli, Crisaculi, Cristacouli, Cristafulli, Crisaculini, Crisofalus, Cristofolini and many more.

Early Notables of the Cris family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cris family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ignazio Crisostomo, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island from Salenia, in 1906; Salvatore Crisostomo, aged 1, who arrived at Ellis Island from Fronis Forte, Italy, in 1907.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cris (post 1700)


  • Anthony Cris Collinsworth (b. 1959), former American college and professional football player
  • Cris Mazza (b. 1956), American novelist, short story and non-fiction writer
  • Cris Edward Dishman (b. 1965), American former NFL football cornerback who played from 1988 to 2000
  • Cris Cheek, British poet, artist, interdisciplinary performer and academic
  • Cris Wilcott, American actor
  • Cris Vaccaro (b. 1958), American professional soccer player

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