Dimaggio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Dimaggio family. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Dimaggio came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.

Early Origins of the Dimaggio family

The surname Dimaggio was first found in the city of Cremona, where records are found with the Maggi family, from which came 57 priests between 1096 and 1791.

Early History of the Dimaggio family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dimaggio research. Another 20 words (1 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Dimaggio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dimaggio 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 Dimaggio include Maggio, Maggi, Maggiolini, Maggini, Maggiello, Maggiora, Maganini, Maggiolo, Maggioni, Maggione, Maggiore, Maggiulini, Magguilli, Maghetti, Magis, Magio, Magiocco and many more.

Early Notables of the Dimaggio family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Carlo Maria Maggi (1630-1699), an Italian scholar, writer and poet in Milan; and Giovanni Paolo Maggini, a violin-maker in Brescia during the 16th century. He...
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United States Dimaggio migration to the United States +

Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dimaggios to arrive on North American shores:

Dimaggio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfio DiMaggio, aged 50, who arrived in America, in 1893
Dimaggio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelo DiMaggio, aged 18, who arrived in America from Balestrate, Palermo, in 1909
  • Domenico DiMaggio, aged 23, who arrived in America from Cinise, Sicily, in 1909
  • Francesco DiMaggio, aged 51, who arrived in America from S. Maria a Vica, Italy, in 1910
  • Francesco DiMaggio, aged 40, who arrived in America from Conversano, Italy, in 1911
  • Emannuele DiMaggio, aged 28, who arrived in America from S. Giuseppe L., Sicily, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dimaggio (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio (1914-1999), American Major League Baseball center fielder, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, voted the sport's greatest living player in 1969
  • Robin DiMaggio (b. 1971), American drummer/percussionist
  • Paul Joseph DiMaggio (b. 1951), American educator, professor of sociology at Princeton University
  • John William DiMaggio (b. 1968), American voice actor and a skilled Beatboxer
  • Dominic Paul "Dom" DiMaggio (1917-2009), nicknamed "The Little Professor", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder, younger brother of Joe DiMaggio
  • Peter DiMaggio, American internationally recognized expert on the design of blast resistant buildings
  • Vincent Paul "Vince" DiMaggio (1912-1986), American Major League Baseball center fielder
  • Andrew DiMaggio, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1975-77 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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