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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.

Cristo Early Origins



The surname Cristo was 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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Cristo Spelling Variations


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Cristo Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. 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.

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Cristo Early History


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Cristo Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Cristo Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cristo Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Bartolomeo Cristofoli, born in Padua in 1655, a famous harpsichord maker who came from a family of musicians and composers; Cristofaro or Cristoforo Caresana ( ca. 1640-1709), an Italian Baroque composer...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cristo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cristo (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cristo (post 1700)



  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

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