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During the times when surnames first began to be used in this region, a common way to create a surname was to use the given name of the father. Such names are classed as patronymic surnames. Arrigo was created from came from the Teutonic name Henry. In fact, the name Henry is derived from the Old German Haimric which means home-rule. There were many Teutonic names in Italy following the fall of the Roman Empire.

Arrigo Early Origins




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Arrigo Spelling Variations


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Arrigo Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Arrigo include and others.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Arrigo arrived in North America quite early:

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Contemporary Notables of the name Arrigo (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Arrigo (post 1700)



  • Linda Gail Arrigo (b. 1949), American political activist, human rights activist, and academic researcher and politician in Taiwan
  • Gerald William Arrigo (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1961 through 1970
  • Robert Arrigo (b. 1954), Maltese politician

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