Tuscany. 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 Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.
Early Origins of the Fedrigo family
Early History of the Fedrigo family
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Fedrigo Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Fedrigo include Federici, Federico, Federigi, Federighi, Federigo, Fenderico, Fedrici, Fedrizzi, Federzoni, Fedrigo, Fedrigoni, Fedrigon, Ferdico, Ferrighi, Frigo, Frighi, Frigato, Frigatti, Frizzi, Frizzotti, Frizzone, Frizzera, Frizzarin, Frizzell, Frizzelli, Frizelli and many more.
Early Notables of the Fedrigo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Federighi, born in Siena in 1490. He was a famous sculptor and architect, and was assistant to Jacopo della Quercia in works for the cathedral at Siena. One of these works is Sibilla Eritrea, which was done in marble. Benedetto Federici of Ferrara...
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Migration of the Fedrigo family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Fedrigo: Patrick Frizzell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1858.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fedrigo (post 1700)
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