The distinguished surname D'alesio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. The people here were known by only a single name until it became necessary for them 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. D'alesio is a patronymic
surname, a name derived from the father's given name. The surname D'alesio came from the personal name
"Alessio" which is derived from the Latin Alexius which means to defend or to protect.
Early Origins of the D'alesio family
The surname D'alesio was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in the 15th century with the Alessio family, who moved to Sicily
when they received a vast amount of land on the island from the king, Federico.
D'alesio Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of D'alesio include Alecci, Ales, Alesci, Alescio, Alesi, Alesio, Alesseri, Alessi, Alessiani, Alessiati, Alessio, D'Alesio, D'Alessio and many more.
Early Notables of the D'alesio family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Alessio, a Baron
in 1435 in Sicily; and Galeazzo Alessi (1512-1572), an Italian architect from Perugia who worked in Rome and... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early D'alesio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the D'alesio family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name D'alesio or a variant listed above include: James Alessi, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1817; Angela Annita Alessi, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Sondrio, Italy, in 1920.