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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Defazio. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Defazio family lived in this area, where the Fazio family lived as early as 1209.

Defazio Early Origins



The surname Defazio was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a port on the Gulf of Genoa, capital of the province of Genoa. 4th century B.C it was occupied by the Greeks, destroyed by the Carthaginians in 209 B.C and restored by Rome who made it their headquarters. They survived the Lombard and Carolingan intrusions. Were well known for their naval prowess. Shipbuilding flourished in this natural sea port. Much migration took place to South America pre WWII. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family were nobility in Pavia and in Venice were they seated in 1209. They later branched to Sicily when maestro Giovanni Fazo held a mansion and estates from Frederico II.

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Defazio Spelling Variations


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Defazio Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fazio, Fazzio, Fazia, Fazzin, Fazzina, Fazzino, Fazzini, Fazzioli, Fazzuoli, Fazzia, Fazi and many more.

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Defazio Early History


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Defazio Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defazio research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1461, 1682, and 1760 are included under the topic Early Defazio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Defazio Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Defazio Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Bartolomeo Fazio, a humanist and historian in La Spezia in 1400. He was also an ambassador and a teacher, and lived in the court of Alfonso I of Naples. He wrote a 10 volume History of Alfonso. Giovanni Fazzari was mayor of Tropea in...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Defazio 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 were:

Defazio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francesco DeFazio, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Salvato Defazio, aged 37, who landed in America from Chiaravalle, in 1894

Defazio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonetta DeFazio, aged 11, who landed in America from Monteforte, in 1904
  • Emilia DeFazio, aged 26, who landed in America from Monteforte, Italy South, in 1906
  • Carmine DeFazio, aged 28, who landed in America from S. Angelo a Scola, Avellino, in 1909
  • Dionisio DeFazio, aged 26, who settled in America from Pietrastornina, Italy, in 1910
  • Pasquale DeFazio, aged 23, who landed in America from Cicala, Italy, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Defazio (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Defazio (post 1700)



  • John Paul DeFazio (b. 1975), American mixed-media & glitch artist, experimental film & music video director
  • Pete DeFazio (d. 2006), American law enforcement officer, Allegheny County Sheriff
  • David DeFazio (b. 1983), American ice dancer
  • Peter Anthony DeFazio (1947-1987), American politician, U.S. Representative for Oregon (since 1987)
  • Thomas J. DeFazio, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1986
  • Peter Anthony DeFazio (b. 1947), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Oregon 4th District, 1987-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Marsha Defazio, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • John DeFazio, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Elizabeth S. DeFazio, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000
  • Cristina Defazio, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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    The Defazio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Defazio 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 28 September 2016 at 05:41.

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