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The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is the locale where the Dagostino surname was first found. Although the people in this region were at one time known by only a single, personal name, it later 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. Dagostino is one of the Italian patronymic surnames, created from the father's given name. The surname Dagostino came from the personal name Agostino. This personal name is derived from the Latin word "augustus," which means "favored with good omens."


The surname Dagostino was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was Eugenio Agostini who was listed there in 923. Also around this time, Alessandro Agostini was secretary of the Duke and another Alessandro Agostini, of the same family in Ferrara, was the Councillor of Alfonso I.

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 Dagostino include Agosta, Agostani, Agostaro, Agostena, Agosti, Agostinetti, Agostini, Agostinis, Agostino, Agostinone, Agosto, Agostoni, Agustoni, Augusti, Augusto, Augustoni, D'Agostino, DeAgostini and many more.


Prominent among members of the family was Guido Agosti of Brescia who was in the council; Obizzo Agosti was supreme Captain of the Brescian military; Lodovico Agosti was Archbishop of Spalato in the 12th century; in the 13th century Girolamo Agosti was given the titles of Count and Knight, which continued...

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Dagostino:

Dagostino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelina D'Agostino, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from S. Mauro, Italy, in 1907
  • Agostino D'Agostino, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Solopaca, Italy, in 1907
  • Alessandro D'Agostino, aged 40, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1912
  • Alessandro D'Agostino, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from S. Elia, Italy, in 1914
  • Alessandra D'Agostino, aged 32, who landed in America from Minturno, Italy, in 1920
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  • Jeffrey Frank D'Agostino (b. 1982), American actor and musician
  • Albert S. D'Agostino (1892-1970), American art director
  • Mae Avila D'Agostino (b. 1954), United States District Judge
  • John D'Agostino (b. 1982), American professional poker player
  • Paul A. D'Agostino, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940
  • Harry J. D'Agostino (b. 1931), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 2nd District, 1958; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Don D'Agostino, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 43rd District, 1978
  • Deborah D'Agostino, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2008
  • Constance D'Agostino, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1948
  • Claire D'Agostino (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2004
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    Other References

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    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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    The Dagostino Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dagostino 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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