DELUCA Surname Meaning and Origin

The DeLuca surname denoted someone from the ancient district of Luciana, now part of present-day Basilicata, Italy
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Deluca, or De Luca, is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Luca." The given name Luca is the Italian version of Luke, from the Greek name Loukas meaning "from Lucania," an ancient district of southern Italy. This area is primarily encompassed today by the modern region of the Basilicata.

Alternate Surname Spellings: DI LUCA, DILUCA, LUCA, DE LUCA, DELUCCA

Surname Origin: Italian

Famous People With the Surname DELUCA or DE LUCA

  • Gianni De Luca - Italian comic book artist and illustrator
  • Francesca De Luca - London-born actress of Italian origins
  • Luigi De Luca - well-known artist model; great-grandfather of Francesca De Luca
  • Giuseppe De Luca - Italian baritone opera singer
  • Fred DeLuca - co-founder of Subway sandwich shops

Where Do People With the DELUCA Surname Live?

According to the surname distribution data at Forebears, the DeLuca surname is most frequently found in the United States, while the de Luca spelling is much more common in Italy, where it ranks 19th in the nation. WorldNames Public Profiler identifies de Luca as being most common throughout southern Italy, especially in the regions of Calabria and Campania. The DeLuca spelling is also found in Italy, but is much less common. It is found most frequently in Northwest Territories, Canada, as well as the American New England states.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname DELUCA

Meanings of Common Italian Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your Italian last name with this free guide to Italian surname meanings and origins for the most common Italian surnames.

How to Research Italian Ancestors
Get started researching your Italian roots with this guide to researching Italian ancestors in Italy.

Deluca Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Deluca family crest or coat of arms for the Deluca surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

DELUCA Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Deluca surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Deluca query.

FamilySearch - DELUCA Genealogy
Access over 500,000 free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Deluca surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GeneaNet - Deluca Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Deluca surname, with a concentration on records and families from France, Spain, and other European countries.The Deluca Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Deluca from the website of Genealogy Today.


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