The Di Loreto Name history

The Di Loreto Name history

The Italian surname Di Loreto is local in origin, being one of those surnames derived from the name of the place where the original bearer once lived or owned land. In this case, the surname which is composed of two elements, "Di" and "Loreto", is derived from the place name Loreto, located in the province of Ancona, on the eastern coast of Italy. The prefix "Di" means "of" and, when put before a place name, implies "native of". Thus, this surname would have identified the original bearer as one who was a "native of Loreto". This town became a famous place of pilgrimmage because of the "Holy House" located there. This shrine was said to have been the home of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth and (according to legend) was brought to Loreto by angels in 1295. Before the advent of a formal system of hereditary family surnames, it was common practice to name a person according to his place of origin. With the growth of documentation in the latter Middle Ages, surnames became essential and people therefore registered using the names by which they were known. This was the surname of a noble Italian family which came to prominence in the 14th century when King Robert made Berardo Cristoforo the first Count di Loreto in the year 1330. Another notable family were the di Loretos of Genoa. Of this family one Luca di Loreto is mentioned for the year 1528. The following is the coat-of-arms for the di Loreto family of Genoa.

 

BLAZON OF ARMS: Azure, a tree on a grassy plain all proper, overall a fesse gules.
TRANSLATION: The tree is the symbol of Antiquity and Knowledge. The fesse is a horizontal partition signifying the Military Belt and Girdle of Honourworn in ancient times.

 

CREST: Three ostrich plumes proper.
ORIGIN: Italy