Dionisi
This famous surname recorded in almost every European country since the late Middle Ages, and in such forms as Dennis, Dionis, and Denes, with patronymics Addionisio, Denisov, and Dzeniskevich, is of pre Christian, Ancient Greek origins. It derives from "Dionysios" meaning "the divine one of Nysa", a reference to an early god, who was believed to be the protector of the vine. It is also said that Nysa was a mountain in the modern Afghanistan, where celebrations were held by the Greek army of Alexander, The Great. Whilst St Denis, the bishop of Paris, France, was an early Christian martyr of the 3rd century a.d., it must be said that like most surnames of Christian origins, the "modern" surname owes its popularity to the famous "crusades" of the 12th century, when successive European kings launched expeditions to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. All were unsuccessful, but returning warriors and pilgrims commemorated their exploits by naming their children after ancient or biblical heroes, some of whom only had the very faintest of associations with Christianity. The first country in the world to adopt both hereditary surnames and proper register recordings was England, and it is there that we find the earliest examples of this surname. The first recording of the family name anywhere in the world and in any spelling is believed to be that of Walter Denys, a witness in the year 1272, at the Assize Court of the county of Staffordshire. This was during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" in their spellings, often leading to astonishing variants of the original.

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  • Dionisi — Dionisi, Giov. Giac., geb. 1734 in Verona, war Kanonikus daselbst u. st. 1808. Er gab heraus die Prachtausgabe von Dantes Divina commedia, [166] Parma 1796, 3 Bde., Fol., u. schr.: Preparazione istor. ecrit. alla nuova edizione di Dante Aligh.,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Stefano Dionisi — ( * Roma, Italia, 1 de octubre de 1966) es un actor italiano. Biografía Dionisi tomó clases de actuación en el teatro La Scaletta, en Roma. Luego de estudiar, emprendió algunos viajes a Nueva York y a India. Su debut como actor tuvo lugar en 1986 …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Pierre Dionisi — (Paris 1904 Le Revest, Var 1976) est un artiste corse. Biographie Originaire de Corse (Chigliacci de Campulori), fils d’une Dionisi, épouse Vielledent, il a reçu le Prix de Rome de peinture à 19 ans pour son Christ en Croix. Il a notamment peint… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stefano Dionisi — est un acteur italien, né le 1er octobre 1966 à Rome (Italie). Il reste connu pour son rôle titre dans Farinelli. Filmographie 1986 : Rose (TV) 1989 : È proibito ballare (TV) 1990 : Pronto soccorso (feuilleton TV) 1990 :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Armando Dionisi — (born on 11 October 1949 in Canterano) is an Italian politician, and was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in the 2006 General election.Previously he was a Member of the European Parliament for the Central region with the Cristiani… …   Wikipedia

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