Show ContentsFiore 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 Fiore. 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 Fiore came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."

Early Origins of the Fiore family

The surname Fiore was first found in Pistoia, when a Fioravante was a member of the government council in the city.

Early History of the Fiore family

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Fiore 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 Fiore include Fiore, Fiori, Fiora, Fior, Floris, Flores, Dal Fiore, Dalla Fior, Di Fiore, La Fiore, Fiorelli, Fiorello, Fiorella, Fiorellini, Fiorellino, Fiorillo, Fioriglio, Fioretti, Fioretto, Fioritto, Fiorotto, Fiorucci, Fioruzzi, Fioroni, Fiorone, Fiorani, Fioranti, Fiorasi and many more.

Early Notables of the Fiore family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Ridolfo "Aristotile" Fioravanti (1415-1486), an Italian Renaissance architect; Federico Fiori, a painter born in Urbino in 1535, who studied under Michelangelo and Vasari in Rome. Leonardo Fioravanti was a respected doctor in Bologna around this time; Angelo Maria Fiore was a cellist and composed sonatas for the cello and violin during the 17th century. Stefano Andrea Fiore, born in Milan in 1686, was an opera composer and was Maestro di Cappella to the King of Sardinia. Giovanni Andrea Fiorini of Pavia was a composer of church music and was Choirmaster at the...
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Fiore Ranking

In the United States, the name Fiore is the 4,288th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Fiore is ranked the 4,481st most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Fiore migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Fiore arrived in North America quite early:

Fiore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Fiore, age 36, who arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro from Palermo, December 3, 1888
  • Stefano Fiore traveled on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22, 1893

Contemporary Notables of the name Fiore (post 1700) +

  • Mike "Lefty" Fiore (b. 1944), American baseball player
  • Mauro Fiore (b. 1064), American cinematographer
  • Mark Fiore (b. 1970), American political cartoonist and recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
  • Kathryn Fiore (b. 1979), American Actress
  • Quentin Fiore (b. 1920), American graphic designer
  • Alan Di Fiore, American award-winning screenwriter. DiFiore recently won his third Gemini Award for his work on the Da Vinci's Inquest television show
  • Hannibal M. Fiore, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1933; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942 [3]
  • Frank D. Fiore, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1952, 1956, 1960 [3]
  • Esther Kate Fiore, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1996 [3]
  • Edward Fiore, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 8th District, 1980 [3]
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Suggested Readings for the name Fiore +

  • The House of Flowers = La Casa di Fiore: 1890-1990 by Mary Palmer.

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  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook