Diliberto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Diliberto originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Diliberto came from the Germanic personal name Albrechet, which was composed of the elements Adal, which means noble and Berht which means bright and famous.
Early Origins of the Diliberto family
The surname Diliberto was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, where Liberius, an early Christian prelate lived in the 4th century. He became Pope in 352 but was banished three years later for refusing to confirm the decree against Athanasius. However, he regained the Papal throne once again in 358. The term "liberto" is derived from the Greek word which means "a freed slave" and in Latin, the word "libertus" means a freedman, a former slave who has been released from slavery.
Early History of the Diliberto family
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Diliberto 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 Diliberto include Liberti, Liberatori, Liberto, Di Liberti, Di Liberto, Libertini, Libertino, Libertucci, Liberati, Liberaci, Liberace and many more.
Early Notables of the Diliberto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was individuals of the Liberati family of Parma, who owned vast amounts of land, and a castle in Camerino. In Parma this family also owned the feudal territory of Pizzano with the title of Marquis. Pietro (Libertino) Liberi (1605-1687), was an Italian painter of the Baroque era, active mainly...
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Migration of the Diliberto family
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Diliberto or a variant listed above: Achille Liberati, aged 31, who arrived at Ellis Island from Taglaozzo, Italy, in 1920; Adolfo Liberati, aged 21, who arrived at Ellis Island from Tagliacozzo, Italy, in 1924.
Contemporary Notables of the name Diliberto (post 1700) +
- Richard A. Diliberto Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Delaware State House of Representatives 14th District; Elected 1998 
- Joseph F. Diliberto, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1987, 1989 
- Joseph Diliberto, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 1st District, 1924 
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