Show ContentsFabris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian surname Fabris is derived from the Latin word "faber," meaning "craftsman," and as such, it was likely an occupational name first born by someone who was an iron worker, or some kind of craftsman.

Early Origins of the Fabris family

The surname Fabris was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), a city in Emilia capital of the province of Modena. It became Roman in 215 B.C. It was successfully defended by Brutus against Mark Anthony.

This very ancient family dates back to 1185 when Bertaldo Fabri was recorded in Vicenza, a city in northeastern Italy. Later in 1217 in Bologna, one of the family was granted the title of count from the Duke of Parma. In 1256, Bernardo de Fabris to escape the tyranny of Ecelino, emigrated from his homeland and took refuge in Padua. Another branch of the family was Fabri of Calvene, a branch of the previous one, in 1282 they went to live in Calvene and were called Fabri di Berica, because they moved to Vicenza. 1

Early History of the Fabris family

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Fabris Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fabbri, Fabbro, Fabbris, Fabri, Fabro, Fabrey, Fabre, Fabris, Faber, Favro, Faveri, Favero, Favaro, Frau, Fabretto, Favret, Favarin, Fabbrini, Fabbrin, Fabbrucci and many more.

Early Notables of the Fabris family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Martinus Fabri (died 1400), North Netherlandish composer of the late 14th century, known to be a singer; Felix Fabri (1441-1502), was a Dominican theologian, in 1489 authored a book on the history of...

United States Fabris migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fabris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nikola Fabris, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 2
  • Nicholas Fabris, aged 32, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Fabris (post 1700) +

  • Vito Fabris (1954-2021), Italian basketball player, nicknamed La Cavalla
  • Emilio De Fabris (1808-1883), Italian architect best known for his design of the west facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
  • Gabriele Fabris (b. 1988), Italian footballer
  • Pietro Fabris (1740-1792), Italian painter active in England and Naples
  • Blessed Eurosia Fabris (1866-1932), Italian "model of holiness in the daily life of a Catholic family;" the Vatican has started her on the process of canonization
  • Enrico Fabris (b. 1981), Italian long track speed skater who has won three World Cup races and none silver medals
  • Samuel Fabris (b. 1991), Belgian professional footballer

  1. Battista di Crollalanza, Giovanni, Dizionario Storico-Blasonico 3 vols. Pisa: Arnaldo Forini Editore, 1886. Print
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook