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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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Difrancesco research. More information is included under the topic Early Difrancesco History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 339 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Difrancesco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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


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  7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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The Difrancesco Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Difrancesco 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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