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The distinguished surname De benedictis originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 De benedictis came from the first name "Benito," which is the Italian form of Benedict, which means blessed.

De benedictis Early Origins



The surname De benedictis was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S. Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.

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De benedictis Spelling Variations


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De benedictis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Benzi, Benzo, Benza, Bensi, Penzo, Penza, Pensi, Penso, Benzizni, Benzani, Benzan and many more.

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De benedictis Early History


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De benedictis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De benedictis research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1405, 1414, 1819, 1530 and 1590 are included under the topic Early De benedictis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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De benedictis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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De benedictis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De benedictis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Etienne Benet, who settled in Montreal in 1666; Edmund Benet, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Nicolo Venditti, who came to Ashtabula Co., OH sometime between 1875 and 1906.

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Contemporary Notables of the name De benedictis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name De benedictis (post 1700)



  • Erika Alden DeBenedictis (b. 1992), American student who was awarded second place in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, eponym of the 23131 Debenedictis, a main belt asteroid
  • Dean DeBenedictis, American composer, musician and performer, son of Dick DeBenedictis
  • Richard "Dick" DeBenedictis (b. 1937), American ten-time Emmy Award nominated composer noted for composing music for television shows including Perry Mason, Columbo, Matlock, Police Story and many more
  • Guistino DeBenedictis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President), 1916 (alternate)
  • Mario Debenedictis (b. 1966), Canadian former professional ice hockey player

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    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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    The De benedictis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The De benedictis 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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