Stefano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Stefano is of patronymic origin, meaning that the first person to bear the surname took it from his father's personal name. A popular medieval personal name, Stefano, is the basis of this name and its variants. Stefano itself is derived from the Greek "stephanos" which means "laurel crown." The English equivalent of the name, Stephen was a very popular Christian name in medieval Europe because of two renowned saints of the that name.
Early Origins of the Stefano family
The surname Stefano was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Early History of the Stefano family
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Stefano Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Stefanelli, Stefani, Stefano, Steffan, Steffani, Stifano, Stifani, Stevani, Stevano, Stevan, Stievano, Stieven, Stivani, Schivani, Stepan, Steppan, De Stefani, De Stefanis, Di Stefano, Stepancich, Stepancic, Stepcich, Stipancich and many more.
Early Notables of the Stefano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giovanni di Stefano ( fl. 1366-1391), an Italian architect who designed the tabernacle at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in...
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Migration of the Stefano family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Stefani, who came to New York City in 1836; Mark Stefani, who arrived in Arkansas in 1896; John Stefani and Vananzie Stefani, who both came to Arkansas in 1903 and Carmine DiStefano, a shoemaker who arrived in New York onboard the SS Olympia in 1896..
Contemporary Notables of the name Stefano (post 1700) +
- Joseph De Stefano, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996; Elected () Mayor of Middletown, New York 2013 
- Joseph William Stefano (1922-2006), American screenwriter, best known for his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho
- Vincent Stefano Jr., American politician, Mayor of Burbank, California, 1974-75 
- Victoria de Stefano (b. 1940), Italian movie actress
- Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2008), Italian operatic tenor
- Giovanni Di Stefano (b. 1955), Italian businessman and convicted fraudster
- Frank de Stefano (b. 1948), Australian politician, Mayor and Councillor of Geelong, Victoria from 1983 to 1993 who was imprisoned for ten years for theft charges of over A8.6 million dollars
- Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé (1926-2014), Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach
- Padre Stefano Cassiani, Italian painter of the Baroque
- Aimo Stefano Diana (b. 1978), Italian footballer
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