Show ContentsDefrancesco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Defrancesco. 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 Defrancesco came from the very popular medieval given name Francis, which itself was originally derived from the Latin Franciscus. This was originally a name for a Frenchman.

Early Origins of the Defrancesco family

The surname Defrancesco was first found in Siena where Bartolomeo di Francesco lived in 1349.

Early History of the Defrancesco family

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Defrancesco 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 Defrancesco are Franceschi, Francesco, Francesca, De Franceschi, De Francesco, De Francisci, De Franciscis, Di Francesco, Francescatti, Franchetti, Franciscello, Franceschelli, Franceschetti, Franceschetto, Franceschet, Franceschini, Franceschin, Franceschinel, Francescotti, Francesconi, Francescon, Francescato, Cecchi, Ceschi, Checchi, Chini and many more.

Early Notables of the Defrancesco family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492), was an Early Renaissance painter is famous for his depiction of perspective. He also wrote several books on this subject. Francesco de Franceschi (active 1443-1468) was an Italian Renaissance painter. Francesco Franceschi (died c. 1599) was a printer in the Italian Renaissance and patriarch of the Franceschi printing family. Paolo dei Franceschi (c. 1540 - 1596), was a Flemish painter. Doctor Flaminio Franceschini was a law professor at the University of Padua in 1580. Vittore de Franceschi was a Roman Catholic prelate who served...
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United States Defrancesco migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Defrancesco:

Defrancesco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eugenio De Francesco, aged 21, originally from Marano Marc., Italy, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Patria" from Naples, Italy [1]
  • Italo De Francesco, aged 18, originally from Roma, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Genoa, Italy [1]
  • Domenico De Francesco, aged 49, originally from Castelfrentano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Defrancesco (post 1700) +

  • Joey DeFrancesco (1971-2022), American jazz organist, trumpeter, saxophonist, and occasional singer who released more than 30 albums
  • Johnny DeFrancesco (b. 1965), American blues guitarist
  • Papa' John DeFrancesco (b. 1940), American jazz organist and vocalist
  • Anthony John DeFrancesco (b. 1963), American minor league baseball manager

  1. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook