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Where did the Italian Rico family come from? What is the Italian Rico family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rico family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rico 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 Rico 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 Rico 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 Rico Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rico Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Pedro Rico, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1810
  • Juan Bautista Rico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Anto Rico, aged 37, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Antonio Rico, who arrived in Cartagena in 1834
  • Francisco El Rico, who landed in Peru in 1834


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  • Mr. Pedro Rico, aged 28, Bolivian Second Class passenger from Cochabamba, Bolivia who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collaspible D


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  2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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  4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Rico Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rico 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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