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Where did the Italian Rossa family come from? When did the Rossa family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rossa family history?

The name Rossa is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Rossa was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a reddish complexion. Nickname surnames usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found.

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Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Rossa include Rosso, Rossa, Rossi, Del Rosso, De Rossi, De Russi, Lo Russo, Lorusso, La Russa, Larussa, Rosselli, Rossello, Rossellini, Ruggiu, Ruiu, Ruju, Rubiu, Rossillo, Rossetto, Rossit, Rossini, Rossitti, Rossitto, Rossotto, Russotti, Russello, Russetti, Russino, Russiani, Rossoni, Rossetti, Roussini, Rosselino, Rossato, Della Rossa, DeRossi, De Rubeis, Russo and many more.

First found in the cites of Trento, Udine, Vicenza, Venice, Savigliano, Pisa, Ravenna, and Rome. Some of the family migrated as far south as Sicily. This southern branch of the family descended from Count Ugone Rosso of Sicily, whose ancestors were Normans.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossa research. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1197, 1204, 1325, 1564, 1439, 1507, 1602, 1656, 1659, 1715 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Rossa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 311 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rossa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rossa

Rossa Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Concetta Rossa, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Rossa Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ciriaco Rossa, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Gio Guiseppe Rossa, aged 17, who landed in America from Perosa Canavese, Italy, in 1909
  • Augusto Rossa, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Tarnio, Italy, in 1910
  • Candido Rossa, aged 28, who landed in America from Pontenelle, Italy, in 1910
  • Adele Rossa, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Venuna Savaia, Italy, in 1910


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  • Erika Burke Rossa, American television actress
  • Patric Della Rossa (b. 1975), Swiss ice hockey player
  • Roman Rossa (b. 1972), German actor


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