The distinguished surname Cristofano 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 Cristofano came from the name Christopher, the ancient and popular first name.
Early Origins of the Cristofano family
The surname Cristofano 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.
Early History of the Cristofano family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cristofano research.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1640 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Cristofano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cristofano Spelling Variations
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 Cristofano 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.
Early Notables of the Cristofano family (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 Cristofano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cristofano family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cristofano were Marino DeCristofaro, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Volturno, Italy, in 1892; Pasquale DeCristofaro, aged 16, who settled in America from S. Shepaus, Italy, in 1904.