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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Floris. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Floris family lived in the city of Naples, where records reveal that the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio in 1313.

Floris Early Origins



The surname Floris was first found in as early as 1313 when the Florio family received the feudal territories of Persano and Sandionisio.

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Floris Spelling Variations


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Floris Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Floris include Florio, Floro, Flori, De Florio, Florino, Flores, Florimi, Florini, Florimo and many more.

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Floris Early History


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Floris Early History



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

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Floris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Floris Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Sebastiano Florigerio, a painter in 1500 who studied in Udine. At the start of his career, he worked without pay because he wished to marry the daughter of his master. His works can be seen in Udine, Florence, Padua, Venice, and...

Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Floris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Floris arrived in North America very early:

Floris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Floris, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Christian Floris, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744

Floris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Floris, aged 52, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Antonio Floris, who arrived in New Orleans in 1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Floris (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Floris (post 1700)



  • Cornelis Floris (1514-1575), Dutch sculptor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Floris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Floris 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 December 2014 at 06:27.

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