Daponte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Daponte surname was taken on from any of the many place names in Italy called Ponte, or from places derived from the Italian word "ponte," which means "bridge." Local names are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.

Early Origins of the Daponte family

The surname Daponte was first found in Emilia-Romagna. Although this name arose independently in various parts of Italy, the first recorded instances of the name found are of the Ponte di Venezi family, ennobled in 1297, who are said to be originally of Ferrara. There are more than fourteen municipalities and parishes found in Italy today.

Early History of the Daponte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daponte research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1442, 1560, 1693, 1385, 1438, 1462, 1535, 1534, 1535, 1512, 1595, 1418, 1495, 1560 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Daponte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Daponte Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ponte, Ponti, Da Ponte, Dal Ponte, Del Ponte, Pontello, Pontelli, Pontel, Ponticiello, Ponticelli, Pontillo, Pontini, Pontoni, Ponton, Pontiroli, Pontalti, Pontano, Pontormo and many more.

Early Notables of the Daponte family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-c.1438), Italian, Florentine painter; as well as Giovanni Pontano, a 15th century humanist, poet, and diplomat from Cerreto who served three Kings of Naples. Piero del Ponte (1462-1535) was the 45th Grand Master of the Order of Saint John between 1534 and 1535. He hailed from Asti, in northern Italy and was a descendant of the...
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United States Daponte migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Daponte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marco Daponte, age 24, who arrived in America on April 30, 1883 aboard the "Schiedam"

Contemporary Notables of the name Daponte (post 1700) +

  • Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838), Italian poet
  • Enzo da Ponte (b. 1973), Paraguayan fencer in the individual foil and épée events at the 1992 Summer Olympics, son of Rodolfo da Ponte
  • Rodolfo da Ponte (b. 1938), Paraguayan fencer in the individual foil event at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), born Emanuele Conegliano, a Venetian opera librettist, poet and Roman Catholic priest
  • Jorge Alberto Daponte (1923-1963), Argentine racing driver

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