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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defrancesco research.Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1415, 1492, 1443, 1468, 1599, 1540, 1596, 1580, 1552, 1570, 1611, 1689, 1648, 1729, 1650, 1680 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Defrancesco History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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... Another 140 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Defrancesco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Defrancesco family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-P3P : 6 December 2014), Eugenio De Francesco, 23 Dec 1919; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Italo De Francesco, aged 18, originally from Roma, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Genoa, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67Y-GJ4 : 6 December 2014), Italo De Francesco, 17 Jun 1919; citing departure port Genoa, Italy, arrival port New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Domenico De Francesco, aged 49, originally from Castelfrentano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WW-R28 : 6 December 2014), Domenico De Francesco, 01 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Defrancesco (post 1700)
- 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
- Joey DeFrancesco (b. 1971), American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist