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


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 Abruzzese include Abruzzese, Abruzzi, Abruzzo, Abbruzzi, Abbruzzo, Apruzzi, Appruzzi, Abruzzesi, Abbruzzese, Abbruzzesi, Apruzzese, Bruzzese, Bruzzesi, Bruzi and many more.

First found in the area of Abruzzi, in the Papal States, from which the family took their name. It is most likely that the family left this area and then took the name Abruzzi, as in "the person from Abruzzi." The name quickly spread through the peninsular part of Italy and it can be found throughout Italy today. The variations of the name which end in "i" tend to be from the north, while those ending in "o" are from the south.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abruzzese research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1480 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Abruzzese History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Abruzzese or a variant listed above: Benedetto Abruzzo and his six year-old son Antonio, who arrived in New York on board the S.S. Olympia in 1896.


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  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Abruzzese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abruzzese 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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