Farias History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Farias 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 Farias is a common occupational name for a person who farmed land.

Early Origins of the Farias family

The surname Farias 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.

Early History of the Farias family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farias research. Another 22 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1311, 1354, 1489, 1635, 1689, 1678, 1682, 1664, 1718 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Farias History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farias Spelling Variations

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 Farias. 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.

Early Notables of the Farias family (pre 1700)

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 Farias lineage include Pietro Farnese III, who helped in the Florentine fight against the armies of Henry VII in 1311. In 1354, Pietro Farnese IV freed the city of Bologna. Giulia Farnese was the mistress of Alexander VI of Rome in 1489, and bore a daughter, Laura, who was called "La Bella" because she was one of the most beautiful women in Rome. Alessandro Farnese (1635-1689) was...
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United States Farias migration to the United States +

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

Farias Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Raffaele Farias, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Loreto Aprutino, in 1903
  • Vincenzo Farias, aged 41, who settled in America from Ceronssi, in 1904
  • Joao Farias, aged 1, who landed in America from Flores, in 1904
  • Jose Farias, aged 6, who immigrated to America from Flores, in 1904
  • Manoel Farias, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States from Flores, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Farias (post 1700) +

  • Roberto Farias (1932-2018), Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Eduardo Ignacio Farías Díaz (b. 1989), Argentine footballer
  • José Farías (1937-2004), Argentine football player and manager
  • Carlos “Chile” Farias (b. 1976), Chilean soccer forward
  • Sérgio Ricardo de Paiva Farias (b. 1967), Brazilian football manager
  • Ernesto Antonio Farías (b. 1980), Argentine professional footballer from Buenos Aires

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