Vescovi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vescovi name comes from the Latin word "episcopus," ultimately via the Greek word "episkopos," which meant an overseer from "epi" meaning "on, over" and "skopein," meaning "to look." This word evolved into the title for an overseer of a community of Christians, in almost every European language, including Bishop in English and vescovo, in Italian. As an Italian surname, it is thought that Vescovi may have been taken on by someone who worked in the household of a bishop.

Early Origins of the Vescovi family

The surname Vescovi was first found in southern Italy, along the Adriatic Sea, where the Vischi family of Barletta were long established. They had previously been in the city of Siponto in the region of Puglie, which they abandoned in 1620 because of the invasion of the Turks.

Early History of the Vescovi family

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Vescovi Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vescovi, Vescovini, Vescovo, Visco, Veschi, Bisco and others.

Early Notables of the Vescovi family (pre 1700)

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United States Vescovi migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vescovi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alesfandro Vescovi of Fano, who arrived at New York on July 21, 1892 aboard the "Olympia"
  • Matteo Vescovi, who arrived in New York on January 9, 1893 aboard "La Bourgogne"
  • Dario Vescovi of Coneglio, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1898

Contemporary Notables of the name Vescovi (post 1700) +

  • Joshua Vescovi (b. 1989), American former professional basketball player
  • Joe Vescovi, Italian progressive rock keyboard player
  • Giovanni Portilho Vescovi (b. 1978), Brazilian chess master, winner of the national championship seven times
  • Ginoi Vescovi, Italian businessman who founded the Vescovi coffee company in 1927

RMS Lusitania
  • Dr. Silvio B. de Vescovi, Italian 2nd Class passenger from Chile, Italy, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible [1]


  1. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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