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Where did the Italian Faria family come from? What is the Italian Faria family crest and coat of arms? When did the Faria family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Faria family history?

The distinguished surname Faria originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Faria is a common occupational name for a person who farmed land.

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Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Faria. These spelling variations include Farina, Farini, Farinella, Farinela, Farinelli, Farinetti, Farinola, Farinotti, Farinoni, Farinon, Farinacci, Farinasso, Farinazzo, Farinaro, Farinari, Farinato, Farinati, Farinesi and many more.

First found in the city of Rome, with the ancient Farnese family, noted for their loyalty to the Popes as well as for their wealth, power, and heroic soldiers.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faria research. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1354, 1489, 1635, 1689, 1678, 1682, 1664, 1718 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Faria History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 413 words(30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faria Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigrants bearing the name Faria or a variant listed above include:

Faria Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio de Faria, aged 19, who settled in America from Fayal, in 1898

Faria Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonio Faria, aged 13, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Francesco Faria, aged 26, who landed in America from Carbonara, in 1902
  • Forunato Faria, aged 50, who emigrated to America from Pellaro, Italy, in 1909
  • Giuseppe Faria, aged 19, who settled in America from Condofini, Sicily, in 1909
  • Francesco Faria, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Reggio C., Italy, in 1911


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  • Jeff Faria, American progressive talk-show radio host and producer
  • Jorge Amado de Faria (1912-2001), Brazilian writer, very successful novelist who was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Literature in 1961
  • Abbé Faria (1746-1819), Portuguese colourful Goan Catholic monk
  • Manuel de Faria (1590-1649), Portuguese historian and poet
  • Rodrigo Faria (b. 1977), Brazilian soccer striker
  • Fábio do Passo Faria (b. 1989), Portuguese footballer
  • Francisco Delfim Dias Faria (1949-2004), Portuguese footballer
  • Hugo Miguel da Encarnação Pires Faria (b. 1983), Portuguese footballer
  • Shawn Faria (b. 1978), former Canadian soccer player
  • Gary James Faria (b. 1979), Australian footballer

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  2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Faria Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Faria Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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