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Where did the Italian Farina family come from? What is the Italian Farina family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farina family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farina family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 413 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • 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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The Farina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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