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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fonseca. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice 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, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Fonseca family lived in the city of Naples, with Agostino and Antonio di Giovanni Fonseca, who were officially recognized with the titles of Marquis in the city.

Fonseca Early Origins



The surname Fonseca was first found in Venice, with Agostino and Antonio di Giovanni Fonseca, who were officially recognized with the titles of Marquis in the city.

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Fonseca Spelling Variations


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Fonseca 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 Fonseca include Fonseca, Fonsec ca. and others.

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Fonseca Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fonseca Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Elenora Pimentel Marchesa di Fonseca. She was a noblewoman in Naples during the early 18th century, and was wife of the powerful Ferdinand I...

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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fonseca or a variant listed above:

Fonseca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio De Fonseca, who arrived in Peru in 1834
  • Diego De Fonseca, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • Jeronimo De Fonseca, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Angel Fonseca, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Juan De Fonseca, who landed in Florida in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fonseca (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fonseca (post 1700)



  • Calo Fonseca (b. 1959), American artist
  • Bruno Fonseca (1958-1994), American artist and sculptor
  • Lewis Albert Fonseca (1899-1989), American first and second baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Lyndsy Marie Fonseca (b. 1987), American actress
  • Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca (1925-2015), Roman Catholic bishop for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay, India (1980-2000)
  • Roberto Fonseca (b. 1975), Cuban jazz pianist
  • Rubem Fonseca (b. 1925), Brazilian writer
  • David Fonseca (b. 1973), Portuguese musician, singer-songwriter
  • Manuel Deodoro da Fonseca (1827-1892), the first president of the Republic of Brazil
  • Carlos Antunes Fonseca (b. 1955), Brazilian retired Olympic boxer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    11. ...

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

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