D'alfonso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname D'alfonso can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. 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 Sicily 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 D'alfonso was derived from the personal name "Alfonso."

D'alfonso Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DiFonzo, DiFonso and others.


United States D'alfonso migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

D'alfonso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Teresa D'Alfonso, aged 24, originally from G. a Maro, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Europa" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Maria D'Alfonso, aged 26, originally from Calascio, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caserta" from Napoli, Italy [2]
  • Nicolina D'Alfonso, aged 9, originally from Reccapienza, Italy, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Antonio D'Alfonso, aged 6, originally from Reccapienza, Italy, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name D'alfonso (post 1700) +

  • Luciano D'Alfonso (b. 1965), Italian politician, Mayor of Pescara from 2003-2009, President of Abruzzo (2014-)
  • Antonio D'Alfonso (b. 1953), Italian-Canadian writer, editor, publisher and filmmaker, founder of Guernica Editions


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q3-PYM : 6 December 2014), Teresa D'Alfonso, 20 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Europa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67D-XZF : 6 December 2014), Maria D'Alfonso, 13 Nov 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Caserta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J647-262 : 6 December 2014), Nicolina D'Alfonso, 02 Oct 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J647-26L : 6 December 2014), Antonio D'Alfonso, 02 Oct 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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