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Type Surname
Usage Italian
Other Forms FormsBelfiori, Bellafiore

Meaning & History

Means "beautiful (as a) flower", derived from Italian bel "beautiful" combined with Italian fiore "flower". Two Italian sources claim that this surname was derived from the medieval masculine given name Belfiore (which has of course the same meaning), but I can find no evidence that this was an actual given name in medieval Italy. There is one source that claims that the surname is derived from one of the places called Belfiore in Italy (such as the one in the Veneto region in northern Italy), which is probably the most likely possibility out of the two derivation theories.

A known bearer of this surname is the American professional baseball pitcher Mike Belfiore (b. 1988).
Added 2/15/2016 by Lucille
Edited 2/16/2016 by Lucille