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Where did the Italian Debenedetto family come from? What is the Italian Debenedetto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Debenedetto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Debenedetto family history?

The distinguished surname Debenedetto 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 Debenedetto came from the first name "Benito," which is the Italian form of Benedict, which means blessed.


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

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.


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


Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Debenedetto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Debenedetto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giacomo DeBenedetto, who came to New York, NY in 1893

Debenedetto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ottavio Debenedetto, who arrived in Ashtabula Co. OH sometime between 1875 and 1906


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The Debenedetto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Debenedetto 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2014 at 13:24.

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