Decristofaro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Decristofaro can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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 Venice 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 Decristofaro came from the name Christopher, the ancient and popular first name.

Early Origins of the Decristofaro family

The surname Decristofaro was first found in Milan (Italian: Milano, Milanese: Milan), the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy where the variant Cristoforis was first found.

Early History of the Decristofaro family

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Decristofaro Spelling Variations

There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Decristofaro are Cristoforo, Cristofori, Cristofaro, Cristofari, Cristoferi, Cristoforis, Cristofolo, Cristofoli, Cristofalo, Cristofano, Cristofani, De Cristoforo, De Cristofaro, De Cristofalo, Di Cristoforo, Cristoforetti, Cristofoletti, Cristofolini and many more.

Early Notables of the Decristofaro family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Bartolomeo Cristofoli, born in Padua in 1655, a famous harpsichord maker who came from a family of musicians and composers; Cristofaro or Cristoforo Caresana (ca. 1640-1709), an Italian Baroque composer...
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United States Decristofaro migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Decristofaro

Decristofaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marino DeCristofaro, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Volturno, Italy, in 1892
  • Salvatore DeCristofaro, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Vinzo DeCristofaro, who landed in America, in 1897
Decristofaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Pasquale DeCristofaro, aged 16, who settled in America from S. Shepaus, Italy, in 1904
  • Cristofaro DeCristofaro, aged 41, who immigrated to America from Frosolone, Italy, in 1909
  • Ferdinando DeCristofaro, aged 16, who landed in America from Celano, Italy, in 1910
  • Giovanni DeCristofaro, aged 37, who settled in America from Casselvetere, Italy, in 1913
  • Giulia DeCristofaro, aged 48, who landed in America from Casamassina, Italy, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Decristofaro (post 1700) +

  • Richard DeCristofaro Sr., American superintendent of the Quincy Public School system, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Andrew DeCristofaro, American four-time Giant Screen Cinema Award winning, four-time Golden Reel Award winning and Academy Award nominated sound editor, known for his work on Unbroken (2014), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Ghostbusters (2016) on Facebook