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Where did the Italian Cristo family come from? What is the Italian Cristo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cristo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cristo family history?

The distinguished surname Cristo can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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 Venice 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 Cristo came from the name Christopher, the ancient and popular first name.

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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Cristo include Cristoforo, Cristofori, Cristofaro, Cristofari, Cristoferi, Cristoforis, Cristofolo, Cristofoli, Cristofalo, Cristofano, Cristofani, De Cristoforo, De Cristofaro, De Cristofalo, Di Cristoforo, Cristoforetti, Cristofoletti, Cristofolini and many more.

First found in Milan (Italian: Milano, Milanese: Milan), the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy where the variant Cristoforis was first found.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cristo research. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1640 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Cristo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cristo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Early records show that people bearing the name Cristo arrived in North America quite early:

Cristo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • L E Cristo, aged 45, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860
  • Apostoglis Cristo, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Evangelos Cristo, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1894

Cristo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Andrea Cristo, aged 36, who arrived in America from P.Canarete, Italy, in 1900
  • Baldassare Cristo, aged 39, who arrived in America from Ponza, Italy, in 1907
  • Francesco Cristo, aged 46, who arrived in America from Lipari, Italy, in 1907
  • Gaspare Cristo, aged 35, who arrived in America from Ponza, Italy, in 1907
  • Dimitai Cristo, aged 26, who arrived in America from Cohoresniho, Greece, in 1909


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  • Giovanni Di Cristo (b. 1986), Italian five-time gold, two-time silver and three-time bronze medalist judoka
  • Julio Sánchez Cristo (b. 1958), Colombian radio personality


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The Cristo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cristo 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.

This page was last modified on 11 June 2014 at 08:12.

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