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The surname is one of the old patronymic surnames common in the region of Tuscany. Patronymic names are those derived from the father's given name, 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 Lorenzo came from the given name Lorenzo. No doubt some of the popularity of this given name was due to Saint Lorenzo an early Latin church martyr, who died in around 258 A.D.

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The surname Lorenzo 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. It dates 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Laurènzi, Lorenzi, Lorenzo, Laurenzi, Laurèntis, Llorens, Laurentis, De Lorenzo, Lorenzo, Lorrenzo, Llorens, Llorenzo, Llorenso, Di Lorenzo, De Lorenzis, De Laurenzis, De Laurentis, Lorenzetti, Lorenzetto, Lorenzini, Lorenzìn, Lorenzin, Lorenzòni, Lorenòn, Lorenzato, Lorenzutti, Lorenzùt, Rènzi, De Renzi, De Renzis, Rènsi, Renzo, Renza, Renzetti, Renzini, Renzòni, Renzulli and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorenzo research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1348, 1412, 1449, 1459, 1479, 1480, 1492, 1537, 1843, and 1884 are included under the topic Early Lorenzo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorenzo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Domingo Lorenzo, who arrived in America in 1528
  • Juan Lorenzo, who arrived in Cartagena in 1535
  • Antón Lorenzo, who arrived in Río de la Plata in 1535
  • Mateo Lorenzo, who arrived with his wife in Nicaragua in 1561
  • Isabel Lorenzo, who arrived in Columbia in 1576

Lorenzo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778
  • Maria Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans in 1779
  • María Lorenzo, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779

Lorenzo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan Lorenzo, who landed in America in 1812
  • Alonso Lorenzo, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Anton Lorenzo, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro Lorenzo, who arrived in America in 1815
  • Domingo Lorenzo, who arrived in America in 1828


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  • Charles A. Lorenzo, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1948
  • Ross J. Di Lorenzo, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 14th District, 1946; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Francisco Anthony Lorenzo (b. 1940), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Ross J. Di Lorenzo, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 14th District, 1946; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964. Italian ancestry
  • Giuseppe Lorenzo (b. 1964), Italian retired professional footballer
  • Néstor Lorenzo (b. 1966), former footballer defender from Argentina
  • Victoriano Lorenzo, considered one of the great heroes of Panamanian history
  • Luis Francisco R. Lorenzo (d. 1997), former Filipino basketball player
  • Juan Carlos "Toto" Lorenzo (1922-2001), Argentine football player
  • Ruth Lorenzo (b. 1982), Spanish singer

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  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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The Lorenzo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lorenzo 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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