Show ContentsDe luca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname De luca 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 De luca was derived from the Latin given name Lucas, which was also a form of the Greek name Loucas. During the Middle Ages, the name became popular due to St. Luke the Evangelist.

Early Origins of the De luca family

The surname De luca was first found in Barletta when Ludivico Luca was governor in 1340.

Early History of the De luca family

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De luca Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DeLuca, Luca, Lucantoni, Lucarelli, Lucariello, Lucarini, Lucas, Lucatti, Lucattini, Lucca, Luccarini, Lucchelli, Lucchetta, Lucchetti, Lucchi, Lucchini, Lucco, Luchelli, Luchetta, Luchetti, Luchi, Luchini and many more.

Early Notables of the De luca family

By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated the Austrians, and the region came under Spanish rule once more. In 1799, the French...
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De luca Ranking

In the United States, the name De luca is the 2,721st most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name De luca is ranked the 5,574th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States De luca migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

De luca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfonso DeLuca, aged 35, who settled in America from Castellemone di Italia, in 1898
De luca Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelina DeLuca, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Cerzeto, in 1900
  • Andrea DeLuca, aged 31, who immigrated to America from Arpaia, Italy, in 1907
  • Achille DeLuca, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Palermo, Sicily, in 1907
  • Angelo DeLuca, aged 18, who settled in America from Cagliacozzo, Aguola, in 1908
  • Albina DeLuca, aged 23, who settled in America from Mantsico, Italy, in 1910
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West Indies De luca migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
De luca Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Juan DeLuca, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1835 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name De luca (post 1700) +

  • Louis DeLuca (1933-2023), American businessman and politician, State Senator for the 32nd District of Connecticut until November 30, 2007
  • Anthony M. "Tony" DeLuca Sr. (1937-2022), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 32nd District from 1983 until his death
  • Frederick A. "Fred" DeLuca (1947-2015), American businessman, co-founder of the Subway franchise of sandwich shops
  • Giorgio DeLuca, American businessman, one of the founders, along with Joel Dean and Jack Ceglic, of the gourmet grocery store Dean & DeLuca
  • George Benjamin DeLuca (1889-1983), American Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1955 to 1958
  • Rocco DeLuca, American musician
  • Michael DeLuca (b. 1965), American movie producer
  • Maura DeLuca, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2012 [5]
  • George B. DeLuca (b. 1889), American Democratic Party politician, Lieutenant Governor of New York; Elected 1954; Defeated, 1958; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960 [5]
  • Emil DeLuca, American Republican politician, Mayor of Elmsford, New York; Elected unopposed 1951, 1953; Elected 1957 [5]
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