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


The surname Farina 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 Farina. 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 Farina 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 Farina 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 Farina 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 Farina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

Farina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F Farina, aged 24, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823
  • Fernando Farina, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Ferdinana Farina, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Martin Farina, who arrived in Veragua in 1835
  • L Farina, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ...

Farina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aachise Farina, aged 28, who landed in America from Gaetad, in 1905
  • Achille Farina, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Gallinaro, Italy, in 1907
  • Agata Farina, aged 2, who settled in America from Palassolo Sicily, in 1907
  • Alesandro Farina, aged 28, who landed in America from Paleshnia, Italy, in 1907
  • Adele Farina, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Frosinone, Rome, in 1908
  • ...

  • Dennis Farina (1944-2013), American actor of film and television, former Chicago police officer, best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order
  • Corrado Farina (1939-2016), Italian film director, screenwriter, and novelist
  • Pietro Farina (1942-2013), Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Alife-Caiazzo (1999–2009) and Caserta (2009-2013)
  • Johann Maria Farina (1892-1945), original name of Pinin Farina, the Italian car designer
  • Pinin Farina (1893-1966), Italian car designer

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    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Farina Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Farina 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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