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

People in Italy were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary for people to adopt a second name, or surname to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. The surname D'alessandro was derived from the Italian personal name Alessandro.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Di Sandro, Sandra, Sandras, Sandre, Sandrolini, Sandron, Sandrone, Alessandro, Alessandra, Lassandro, Lassandra, Assandro and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our D'alessandro research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1187, 1455, 1503 and 1657 are included under the topic Early D'alessandro History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

D'alessandro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alessandro D'Alessandro, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Cassino, Italy, in 1909
  • Addolorata D'Alessandro, aged 29, who settled in America from Cattelveccha, Italy, in 1910
  • Adelina D'Alessandro, aged 26, who landed in America from Castelpintano, Italy, in 1911
  • Agostino D'Alessandro, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Pignataro, Italy, in 1921
  • Alcide D'Alessandro, aged 19, who settled in America from Tortoreto, Italy, in 1923


  • Franco D'Alessandro (b. 1967), American playwright
  • James Dalessandro (b. 1948), American writer
  • Jacquie D'Alessandro, American romantic fiction author
  • Robert J. Dalessandro (b. 1958), American historian and author
  • Matteo D'Alessandro (b. 1989), Italian professional football player
  • Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro (b. 1981), Argentine left-footed footballer
  • Dominic D’Alessandro (b. 1947), Canadian President and current CEO of Manulife Financial


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The D'alessandro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The D'alessandro 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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