Show ContentsMonaco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sicily, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Monaco. 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 common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Monaco is a common occupational name for a monk. The surname Monaco is commonplace across Italy, but it is more frequently found in the south of the country and in the south, it is often preceded by the articles "Lo" and "La." The Sicilian Monaco family, who called themselves Del Monaco, originally came from France. The Del Monaco family arrived in Italy under the reign of King Alfonso, settled first in Cosenza, and from there, moved to Sicily. One line of this family prospered in Messina, and another in Trapani.

Early Origins of the Monaco family

The surname Monaco was first found in Palermo (Sicilian: Palermu, Latin: Panormus), a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo where the Monaco family arrived from France in about the 12th century. 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. Originally French the family branched into Italy during the time of King Alfonzo. Franchesco was the King's official representative for Sicily in 1442 and became Governor of the Camera region in 1449.

Early History of the Monaco family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monaco research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1400, 1406, 1425, 1449, 1820, 1844, 1868 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Monaco History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Monaco Spelling Variations

There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Monaco are Monaco, Monica, Monicault, Monicaux, Monica, LaMonica and many more.

Early Notables of the Monaco family

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was

  • Lorenzo Monaco, (c.1370-1425), a painter and one of the leading artists in Florence at the beginning of the 15th century, Francesco Monaco, who became the Governor of the Royal Chamber in 1449, and An...

Monaco Ranking

In the United States, the name Monaco is the 4,625th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1

United States Monaco migration to the United States +

An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Monaco:

Monaco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alessandro Del Monaco, who arrived in New York aboard the "SS Vincenzo Florio" from Palermo January 7, 1881
  • Antonio F. Monaco, who arrived in New York April 13, 1891 aboard the "SS Anglia"

Contemporary Notables of the name Monaco (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Monaco, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 2
  • Lee Monaco, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1988 2
  • Frank Monaco, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 23rd District; Elected 1937; Defeated, 1938, 1940; American Labor Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1942 2
  • Raymond William Monaco (1918-2002), American football guard in the National Football League
  • Blas Monaco (1915-2000), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco (b. 1968), American professional boxer
  • James Monaco, American film critic, author, and educator
  • Kara Monaco (b. 1983), American model
  • James Vincent Monaco (1885-1945), Italian-born, American composer of popular music
  • Kelly Marie Monaco (b. 1976), American model, actress, reality television contestant
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook