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The distinguished surname Faria originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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 the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Faria is a common occupational name for a person who farmed land.


The surname Faria was first found in the city of Rome, with the ancient Farnese family, noted for their loyalty to the Popes as well as for their wealth, power, and heroic soldiers.

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Faria. These spelling variations include Farina, Farini, Farinella, Farinela, Farinelli, Farinetti, Farinola, Farinotti, Farinoni, Farinon, Farinacci, Farinasso, Farinazzo, Farinaro, Farinari, Farinato, Farinati, Farinesi and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faria research. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1354, 1489, 1635, 1689, 1678, 1682, 1664, 1718 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Faria History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Giau-Bartolo Farina became a distinguished consort of King Carlo V of Naples and Sicily. Vincenzo Farina was 'cappellano' to King Fillipo II. Other prominent members of the Faria lineage include Pietro Farnese III, who helped in the Florentine fight against the armies of Henry...

Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faria Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Immigrants bearing the name Faria or a variant listed above include:

Faria Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio de Faria, aged 19, who settled in America from Fayal, in 1898

Faria Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Faria, aged 13, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Francesco Faria, aged 26, who landed in America from Carbonara, in 1902
  • Forunato Faria, aged 50, who emigrated to America from Pellaro, Italy, in 1909
  • Giuseppe Faria, aged 19, who settled in America from Condofini, Sicily, in 1909
  • Francesco Faria, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Reggio c., Italy, in 1911
  • ...

  • Jeff Faria, American progressive talk-show radio host and producer
  • Wilma de Faria, the governor of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Nelson Faria (b. 1963), Brazilian guitar player
  • Miguel Faria Jr. (b. 1944), Brazilian film director and screenwriter
  • Clemente de Faria Jr. (b. 1987), Brazilian racing driver
  • Jacqueline Faría, Venezuelan politician
  • Roberto Faria (b. 1932), Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter
  • José 'Mehdi' Faria (b. 1933), Brazilian football coach
  • Reginaldo Faria (b. 1937), Brazilian actor and film director
  • Carlos “Chile” Faria (b. 1976), Chilean soccer forward
  • ...

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    Other References

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    2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Faria Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Faria 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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