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

The surname Ruffalo has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffalo could have come from the Italian pet name Ruffo, with various suffixes added, such as "-ino," or "-ini." A possible origin of Ruffo is the Germanic name Hrodwulf, meaning "victorious wolf," which was Italianized after one of many barbarian invasions. Second, the name Ruffalo could have been derived from the Latin "rufus," meaning "red." If this is the case, the name probably originated as a nickname, perhaps for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruffino, Ruffini, Ruffo, Ruffi and others.

First found in southern Italy, particularly on the island of Sicily. The surname Ruffalo has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffalo could have come from the Italian pet name Ruffo, with various suffixes added, such as "-ino," or "-ini." A possible origin of Ruffo is the Germanic name Hrodwulf, meaning "victorious wolf," which was Italianized after one of many barbarian invasions. Second, the name Ruffalo could have been derived from the Latin "rufus," meaning "red." If this is the case, the name probably originated as a nickname, perhaps for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruffalo research. Another 248 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1421, 1765, 1807, 1822, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Ruffalo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 60 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruffalo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gaspian Ruffi, are 23, who came to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1823; Antonino Ruffino, who came to New York city in 1891, aboard the "Palcevera"; Massimo Ruffino, who arrived at New York in 1892, aboard the "Dubbeldam".

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  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Ruffalo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruffalo 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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