A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Elfano. The surname Elfano was created from the Latin personal name
Early Origins of the Elfano family
The surname Elfano was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany
, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries, dating back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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. The first on record of the name appears to be Lapo Alfani, Italian poet, mentioned in 1290.
Early History of the Elfano family
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Elfano Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Elfano. These spelling variations
include Alfano, Alfani, Elfano and others.
Early Notables of the Elfano family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elfano family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Elfano were Calmina Alfano, Pavola Alfano, Vincent Alfano and Giovamuina Alfano, all recorded in the Louisiana census of 1910; as well as Frank Alfano, who was naturalized in Arkansas in 1918..