Show ContentsDifrancesco 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 Difrancesco. 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 Difrancesco 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 Difrancesco family

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

Early History of the Difrancesco family

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Difrancesco Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Difrancesco include 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 Difrancesco 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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Migration of the Difrancesco family

Early records show that people bearing the name Difrancesco arrived in North America quite early: Frank Franceschini, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1873.

Contemporary Notables of the name Difrancesco (post 1700) +

  • Donald Thomas DiFrancesco (b. 1944), American politician, 51st Governor of New Jersey from 2001 to 2002
  • Samuel R. DiFrancesco Sr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [1]
  • Donald Thomas DiFrancesco (b. 1944), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate 22nd District, 1979-2001; Governor of New Jersey, 2001-02 [1]
  • Diane DiFrancesco, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook