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Origins Available: Italian, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Rossi family come from? What is the Scottish 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 surname Rossi is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. In Scotland, the island of Rousay is located on the Orkney Islands and dates back to Neolithic times. The island's spelling evolved from "Rollesay" in the 14th century and "Rowsay" in the 16th century. But before migrating to Scotland, the Rossi family lived in Normandy at the village of Rosay.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rossi, Rossie, Rossei, Rossy, Rossey, Rosse and others.

First found in Norfolk, where they were Lords of the Manor of Waterden and West Rudham where Lambert de Rossei was an under tenant to Earl Warren. They were originally from Rosay, Seine-Inf, arrondisement of Dieppe, in the canton of Bellencombre. Descended was Lambert's son, Walkelin who held Castle Acres, and then succeeded by Ralph de Rosei about 1270. They seemingly moved north to Fife where they were granted the lands of Rossie near Montrose.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossi research. Another 363 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1245, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Rossi History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Rossi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rossi Settlers in 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 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


  • Steve Rossi (1932-2014), born Joseph Charles Tafarella, an American stand-up comedian and actor
  • Cesare Rossi (1935-2015), Italian businessman, founder of Novarossi World, an Italian manufacturer of model engines and related items for radio-controlled models
  • Carlo Ubaldo Rossi (1958-2015), Italian composer and music producer
  • Mr. Luigi Rossi (1888-1914), Italian Bucker from Montonate, Varese, Italy who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Michael Rossi (b. 1988), French racing driver
  • Graziano Rossi (b. 1954), Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Aldo Rossi (1931-1997), Italian architect and designer
  • Bruno Rossi (1905-1993), Italian/American physicist and co-winner of the 1986 Wolf Prize in Physics
  • Pellegrino Rossi (1787-1848), Italian statesman


  • 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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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.

This page was last modified on 17 August 2015 at 11:32.

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