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Where did the Italian Dicenzo family come from? What is the Italian Dicenzo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dicenzo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dicenzo family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Desenzo, Cosenza, Cosenzo, Conzensi, Cusenza, Cozenza, Cozenzo and many more.

First found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily they invaded Greece. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dicenzo research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1488 is included under the topic Early Dicenzo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dicenzo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dicenzo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniele DiCenzo, aged 37, who settled in America from Abruzzi, in 1902
  • Romeo DiCenzo, aged 16, who landed in America from Salmona, Italy, in 1911
  • Vincenzo Dicenzo, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Pio Delle Camere, Italy, in 1912
  • Domenico DiCenzo, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Intradacqua, Italy, in 1913
  • Giovanni Dicenzo, aged 41, who landed in America from Vinchiaturo, Italy, in 1913


  • George DiCenzo (b. 1940), American character actor


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  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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  10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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The Dicenzo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dicenzo 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.

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