The distinguished surname D'alessio 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'alessio is a patronymic
surname, a name derived from the father's given name. The surname D'alessio 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'alessio family
The surname D'alessio 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'alessio 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'alessio include Alecci, Ales, Alesci, Alescio, Alesi, Alesio, Alesseri, Alessi, Alessiani, Alessiati, Alessio, D'Alesio, D'Alessio and many more.
Early Notables of the D'alessio 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'alessio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the D'alessio family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name D'alessio or a variant listed above include:
D'alessio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Salvatore Dalessio, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Bovino, in 1900
- Camello Dalessio, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1902
- Giuseppe Dalessio, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Aquila, in 1903
- Daniele Dalessio, aged 28, who landed in America from Mascione, in 1905
- Raffaele Dalessio, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Bovino, Foggia, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name D'alessio (post 1700)
- Gigi D'Alessio (b. 1967), Italian singer and recording star
- Corrie Vince D'Alessio (b. 1969), retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
- Jillian D'Alessio (b. 1985), Canadian sprint kayaker
- Lupita D'Alessio (b. 1954), Mexican singer and actress