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The Cerra family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Cerra family lived near a Turkey Oak tree. The surname Cerri is derived from the Italian word cerro, which means bitter or Turkey oak. Therefore, the initial bearer of the surname Cerri may have been someone who lived near a place or he owned land were the Turkey oak grew in abundance. Alternatively, the surname Cerri was a nickname, derived from the Italian word cerro or cirro which means hair or curl, for someone who had curly hair.

Cerra Early Origins



The surname Cerra was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the Cerretani family moved in the 12th century and immediately ascribed themselves to the Ghibelline faction. They remained faithful to the Ghibellines until 1262, when Iacopo d'Aldobrando Cerretani officially began supporting the Guelphs.

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Cerra Spelling Variations


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Cerra 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 Cerra include Cerri, Cerra, Cerro, Cierro, Cerriti, Cereto, Cerretani, Cerretelli, Cerretini, Cerretti, Cerretto, Cereti, Ceretti, Ceretto, Cerulli, Cerrito, Cerrini, Cerrina, Cerini, Cerěn, Cerroni, Cerrone, Cerrai, Cerrano, Cerrato, Cerrata, Cerratelli, Cerruti, Cerutti, Ceruti and many more.

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Cerra Early History


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Cerra Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cerra research. More information is included under the topic Early Cerra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cerra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cerra Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Cerroni of Rome, who was an influential politician in 1350; Gerardo Cerutti of Milan was involved in the military and worked under the famous Francesco Sforza during the 15th century; Antonio Cerutti, born in Novara in 1506, was an intellectual and author who...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cerra:

Cerra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Cerra, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1857
  • Miguel Cerra, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Leonor De Cerra, who landed in Florida in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cerra (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cerra (post 1700)



  • Maria Cerra (1918-2015), American fencer in the women's individual foil event at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Mirta Cerra Herrera (1904-1986), Cuban painter
  • Eugenio Fernández Cerra (1920-2011), Puerto Rican chest physician and former Senator in the Puerto Rico Legislature, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1943
  • Juan Ignacio Cerra (b. 1976), Argentine three-time gold and bronze medalist hammer thrower
  • Erica Cerra (b. 1979), Canadian actress, best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the series Eureka

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Bascapč, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cerra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cerra 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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