Alphons (Latinized Alphonsus, Adelphonsus, Adefonsus) is a male given name recorded from the 8th century ( Alfonso I of Asturias, r. 739-757) in the Christian successor states of the Visigothic kingdom in the Iberian peninsula. In the later medieval period it became a standard name in the Hispanic and Portuguese royal families.
It is derived from a
Gothic name, or a conflation of several Gothic names; from *Aþalfuns, composed of the elements "noble" and aþal funs "eager, brave, ready", and perhaps influenced by names such as *Alafuns, *Adefuns and *. It is recorded as Hildefuns Adefonsus in the 9th and 10th century, and as  Adelfonsus, Adelphonsus in the 10th to 11th. The reduced form Alfonso is recorded in the late 9th century, and the Portuguese form Afonso from the early 11th.  
Variants of the name include:
Alfonso (Spanish and Italian), Alfons (Dutch, German, Catalan, Polish and Scandinavian), Afonso ( Portuguese), , Alphonse Alfonse (Italian, French and English), etc.
Middle Ages [ edit ]
Iberian royal families [ edit ]
Aragon & Naples
Early modern period [ edit ]
Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese naval officer.
Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara during the time of the War of the League of Cambrai.
Afonso VI of Portugal - (1656–1683)
Nzinga Mbemba, also known as "Afonso I of Kongo" (1505–1543)
Afonso II of Kongo - (1561)
Alphonse de Tonty, Baron de Paludy (ca. 1659 – 1727)
Afonso III of Kongo - (1666–1667)
Afonso, 1st Duke of Braganza, son of John I of Portugal.
Afonso, Prince of Portugal, son of John II of Portugal.
Afonso, Duke of Porto, son of Louis I of Portugal.
Afonso of Portugal, Lord of Portalegre, son of Afonso III of Portugal.
Araribóia, baptismal name Martim Afonso, leader of the Temiminó tribe in Brazil in the 16th century.
Cardinal Afonso of Portugal, son of Manuel I of Portugal.
João Afonso de Aveiro, Portuguese explorer.
Jorge Afonso, Portuguese Renaissance painter.
Madragana, baptismal name Mor Afonso, mistress to Afonso III of Portugal.
Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara from 1559 to 1597.
Alfonso II, Count of Provence, second son of Alfonso II of Aragon.
Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena and Reggio (1628–44).
Alfonso of Castile, Prince of Asturias, figurehead of rebelling magnates against his brother King Henry IV of Castile.
Alfonso of Hauteville, Prince of Capua.
Alphonsus Liguori, Roman Catholic theologian (1696–1787)
Joseph-Alphonse Esménard (1770–1811)
Modern period [ edit ]
Iberian/Sicilian nobility [ edit ]
Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta (1841–1934), duke of Calabria and head of the royal house of the Two Sicilies
Alfonso XII of Spain (1857–1885) (ordinal numbering continues from the kings of Castile)
Alfonso XIII of Spain (1886–1931)
Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, claimant to the title of the head of House of Bourbon Two Sicilies.
Alfonso of Spain, Prince of Asturias, heir-apparent of the throne of Spain 1907-31.
Elvira Alfonso of Castile, Queen of Sicily.
Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1924–2003), Spanish playboy and businessman.
Infante Alfonso of Spain, younger brother of former King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Fadrique Alfonso of Castile, fifth illegitimate child of Alfonso XI of Castile.
Afonso VII of Portugal, future regnal name of the heir apparent to the current pretender
Infante Afonso, Prince of Beira, 2nd claimant in line to the Portuguese throne.
Alphonse [ edit ]
Alphonse Gabriel Capone (1899-1947), Perhaps the best-known gangster of all time, Al "Scarface" Capone was the most powerful mob boss of his era.
Alfonso [ edit ]
Alfonso Soriano, American baseball player
Alfonso Lizarazo, Colombian host and political
Alfonso Mejia-Arias, Mexican musician, writer, social activist and politician of Roma origin (Gitano)
Alfonso Ribeiro, Caribbean-American actor.
Alfonso John Romero, American video-game designer, programmer, and developer
Alfonso Pérez Muñoz, Spanish football (soccer) striker
Alfonso Oiterong, Palauan statesman, former Palau vice president 1981-1985
Alicia Alfonso (born 1963, Uruguayan actress
Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist
José Alfonso Belloso y Sánchez, former Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador
Miguel Alfonso Pérez Aracil, Spanish football (soccer) midfielder
Alfonso IV Pagán Román (born 1978) American Soldier
Alfonse [ edit ]
As a surname [ edit ]
Alphonse, Alphonso, Alfonso is occasionally seen as a surname derived from the given name, the latter descending from Asturias and Cantabria. 
Celestino Alfonso (1916-1944), Spanish republican and volunteer fighter in the French resistance during World War II.
Roland Alphonso (1931–1998), Jamaican saxophonist.
Kristian Alfonso (b. 1963), Puerto Rican American soap opera actress.
Michael Alfonso (1965-2007), ring name Mike Awesome, American wrestler. Equis Alfonso, known as
X-Alfonso, Cuban hip-hop and afro-rock musician.
Ozzie Alfonso, Cuban-American TV director and producer.
Andrey Nazário Afonso, Brazilian Football Goalkeeper.
Amila Aponso, Sri Lankan Sinhala cricketer who plays for Ragama Cricket Club
Flavian Aponso, Sri Lankan Sinhala Dutch cricketer
J. Aponso, Sri Lankan Sinhala cricketer
Jayasekara Aponso, Sri Lankan Sinhala artist, actor, director, scriptwriter
Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu, Sri Lankan Sinhala politician, actor, singer, writer
Pseudonym [ edit ]
Stage name [ edit ]
Fictional characters [ edit ]
Alphonso, protagonist in
, an opera by Franz Schubert. Alfonso und Estrella
Don Alfonso, character in Mozart's opera Così fan tutte
Alphonso MacKenzie, fictional character in the Marvel Universe
Alfie Atkins, known as Alfons Åberg in Swedish, character created by Gunilla Bergström from Sweden
Alfonzo Dominico Jones, a dog in the Australian television series SeaChange
Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice, character in the comic strip Dick Tracy
, French duo in a comic strip created by Frederick Burr Opper Alphonse and Gaston
Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist
Alphonse Mephisto, fictional character in the animated television series South Park
Alfons Heiderich from Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
Alphonso Ali, minor character in Bloom County
Monsieur Alfonse, character in the BBC sitcom played by the actor Kenneth Connor Allo 'Allo! The name of a number of pets and the Patlabor of
Noa Izumi from the anime . Patlabor Oren Pierre Alfonso from
Kamen Rider Gaim Alfonso "French" Sosa, a main character from
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ in the genitive, Adefonsi:
^ José Pedro Machado, Dicionário Onomástico Etimológico da Língua Portuguesa
^ E. Förstemann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch (1856:133, 145).
^ "Heraldica del apellido Alfonso".