Deflorio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Deflorio. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily 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, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Deflorio family lived in the city of Naples, where records reveal that the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio in 1313.
Early Origins of the Deflorio family
The surname Deflorio was first found in as early as 1313 when the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio.
Important Dates for the Deflorio family
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Deflorio 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 Deflorio include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.
Early Notables of the Deflorio family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Sebastiano Florigerio, a painter in 1500 who studied in Udine. At the start of his career, he worked without pay because he wished to marry the daughter of his master. His works can be seen in Udine, Florence, Padua, Venice, and in the United States. John Florio (1553-1625), was a famous linguist and lexicographer; and Michelangelo Florio (1515-1572) was an Italian Franciscan friar convert to...
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Migration of the Deflorio family
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Deflorio arrived in North America very early: Agostino Flori, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island from Guarcino, Italy, in 1913; Angela Flori, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island from Guarenco, Italy, in 1913.
Contemporary Notables of the name Deflorio (post 1700)
- Gretchen McCord DeFlorio, also known as Gretchen McCord, American Texan librarian and lawyer specializing in copyright issues in libraries, President of the Texas Library Association
- Inez DeFlorio -Hansen (b. 1943), German applied linguist