Tuscany, including the notable surname Defiorio. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Defiorio came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."
Early Origins of the Defiorio family
Early History of the Defiorio family
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Defiorio Spelling Variations
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Early Notables of the Defiorio family (pre 1700)
Renaissance architect; Federico Fiori, a painter born in Urbino in 1535, who studied under Michelangelo and Vasari in Rome. Leonardo Fioravanti was a respected doctor in Bologna around this time; Angelo Maria Fiore was a cellist and composed...
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Migration of the Defiorio family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Defiorio arrived in North America quite early: Maria Fiore, age 36, who arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro from Palermo, December 3, 1888, Stefano Fiore, who traveled on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22, 1893, Giuseppe Fiorella, who took the S.S. Italia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on 2 March 1913, as well as a bearer of Fiorelli who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840..
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