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

The name Rossi is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Rossi 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 Rossi 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 Rossi 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 Rossi 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 Rossi 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 Rossi

Rossi Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Rossi, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • M Rossi, aged 45, landed in Key West, Fla in 1839
  • Tomas Rossi, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1840
  • Andrew, Alexander, John and Otto Rossi settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1798 and 1849
  • Alberto Rossi, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892


Rossi Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Adelina Rossi, aged 16, who landed in America from Melizzeno, in 1902
  • Joseph Rossi, who landed in Arkansas in 1903
  • Albina Rossi, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Adolfo Rossi, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Rome, in 1904
  • A. Rossi, aged 24, who landed in America from Italy, in 1904

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  • Steve Rossi (1932-2014), born Joseph Charles Tafarella, an American stand-up comedian and actor
  • Graziano Rossi (b. 1954), Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Aldo Rossi (1931-1997), Italian architect and designer
  • Pellegrino Rossi (1787-1848), Italian statesman
  • Michael Rossi (b. 1988), French racing driver
  • Bruno Rossi (1905-1993), Italian/American physicist and co-winner of the 1986 Wolf Prize in Physics


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  • Descendants of Nicola Dall'Ava Including Related Families, Viale and Rossi, of Vicenza, Italy and Berkshire County, Massachusetts by Phyllis Walker Johnson.
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  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Rossi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rossi 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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