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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rizzo, Ricci, Rizzi, Riccio, Rizza, Risso, Lo Riccio, Lo Rizzo, Lorizzo, La Riccia, La Rizza and many more.

First found in various parts of Italy including early references in Emilia-Romagna, Venice, Bologna as well as in Lombardy and Tuscany. This name comes from the Italian word "ricco" meaning "curly." The name most likely referred to someone with curly hair.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Racca research. Another 25 words(2 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1542, 1605, 1576, 1470, 1532, 1516, 1567, 1606, 1675, 1580, 1619, 1682, 1654, 1715, 1676, 1730, 1659, 1734, 1552 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Racca History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 259 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Racca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Racca Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cristinzio Racca, aged 72, who arrived in America from Monterodune, Italy, in 1893

Racca Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Fiorentina Racca, aged 2, who arrived in America from Bonito, Italy, in 1912
  • Antonio Racca, aged 41, who arrived in America from Grothaminardo, Italy, in 1912
  • Cirillo Racca, aged 26, who arrived in America from Cocconato, Italy, in 1912
  • Giuseppe Racca, aged 40, who arrived in America from Vinovo, Italy, in 1914
  • Agusta Racca, aged 25, who arrived in America from Capriva, Italy, in 1924


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  • Jorge Oscar Racca (b. 1971), Argentine retired male professional basketball player of Italian descent
  • Mauro Racca (1912-1977), Italian two-time silver medalist fencer
  • Maurice Racca (b. 1922), French sport shooter at the 1956 Summer Olympics


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  2. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  4. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Racca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Racca 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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