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

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

Russi Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonia Russi, aged 22, who landed in America from Grumo, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Russi, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Marciarue, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Russi, aged 24, who landed in America from Carpino, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonio Russi, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Ischitella, Italy, in 1912
  • Angela Russi, aged 31, who settled in America from S. Seoeso, Italy, in 1912


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  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Russi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Russi 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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