Show ContentsDecesare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Decesare 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 Decesare was derived from the given name "Cesare," and originally derived from the famous Roman family name "Caesar." In Classical times, the name "Caesar" was associated by folk etymology with the Latin Caesaries (head of hair).

Early Origins of the Decesare family

The surname Decesare was first found in the year 1278, where Nicol Cesareo was listed in the Sicilian city of Messina. Nicol Cesari, was a priest in Rome during the 14th century and worked closely with Pope Martino V. Later, Giulio Cesarini was a listed as a lawyer in Rome around 1400.

Early History of the Decesare family

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Decesare Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Decesare include Cesari, Cesare, Cesaro, Cesar, De Cesare, Cesaris, De Cesaris, Di Cesare, Cesarelli, Cesaretti, Cesarini, Cesarino, Cesarìn, Cesarotti, Cesaroni, Cesarone, Cesarano, Cesarato, Cesaratto, Cesariano, Cesareni and many more.

Early Notables of the Decesare family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giuliano Cesarini was an ecclesiastic in Rome in 1470; Julian Cesarini the Elder (1398-1444), was an Italian cardinal from Rome; his son, Julian Cesarini the Younger (1466-1510) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal; Alessandro Cesarini (died 1542), was an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Bishop of Pistoia; Cesare Cesarino of Varese was a prominent architect, military engineer, and painter during the early 16th century; Giuseppe Cesari (c. 1568-1640) was an Italian mannerist...
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Decesare Ranking

In the United States, the name Decesare is the 16,574th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Decesare migration to the United States +

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Decesare arrived in North America very early:

Decesare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pavlo Decesare, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1892
  • Vincenzo deCesare, aged 12, who settled in America from Casacolenda, in 1895
  • Fedele Antonio DeCesare, aged 27, who settled in America from Rosito Valfartori, Italy, in 1895
  • Pietrontonio DeCesare, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1896
Decesare Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maria DeCesare, aged 9, who immigrated to America from S Severo, Italy, in 1907
  • Guiseppe DeCesare, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Domenico DeCesare, aged 28, who landed in America from LoMango Piemale, Italy, in 1909
  • Olimpia DeCesare, aged 25, who landed in America from Villauiagua, Italy, in 1914
  • Ma Grasia DeCesare, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Pozzilli, Italy, in 1915
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Contemporary Notables of the name Decesare (post 1700) +

  • Michele DeCesare, American actress, best known for her role in The Sopranos
  • Grace DeCesare, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1972 [2]

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook