Show ContentsDante History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Dante can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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 Venice 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 Dante came from the Latin word durants which means to endure, to persevere or to persist.

Early Origins of the Dante family

The surname Dante was first found in Mondovì, dating back to the 13th century with Giovanni and Giacomo Durando, were listed as military Generals of the time.

Early History of the Dante family

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Dante Spelling Variations

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 Dante include Durante, Duranti, Durando, Durantini, Dante, Danti, Dantini, Duranco, Durastanti, Durrante, Durrant, Duran, Durand and many more.

Early Notables of the Dante family

Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Durante, born at Fratta Maggiore in 1684, was a composer of church and chamber music, and became Head of the Conservatorio di Santa Maria di Loreto in Naples. Marghereta Durastanti, born in 1695, was an opera singer and at the height of her fame, was performing at the King's Theatre in London under Handel. Giuseppe-Francesco Durando was a banker in Piedmont who in 1752 was given the feudal...
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United States Dante migration to the United States +

Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dante were among those contributors:

Dante Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Dante, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Dante Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eli Dante, who landed in Arkansas in 1896 [1]
Dante Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charley Dante, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dante (post 1700) +

  • William E. Dante, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 1st District, 1889 [2]
  • Joseph J. Dante, American politician, Warden (borough president) of Bantam, Connecticut, 1950 [2]
  • Alessio Dante Angelucci (b. 1988), South African Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Michael Dante DiMartino, American animation director
  • Dante Stefani (1927-2023), Italian partisan and politician who served in the Senate of the Republic from 1979 to 1987
  • Dante Crippa (1937-2021), Italian professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1955 to 1970
  • Dante Frasnelli Tarter (1925-2020), Italian-Peruvian Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Huari, Peru, from 1967 to 2001
  • Dante Marioni (b. 1964), American glass artist from Mill Valley, California
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), English painter and poet, eldest son of Gabriele Rossetti, born at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848
  • Dante Alfred Magnani (1917-1985), American NFL football player who played from 1940 to 1950

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook