Ferrante History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ferrante family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Ferrante is a name for a person associated with the color gray having derived from the Old Italian word "ferrante" which means gray. This surname may also have been a habitational name taken on from Ferrante, a place name in Cosenza province.

Ferrante Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Ferrante include Ferrante, Ferranti, Afferante, Ferrantello, Ferrantelli, Ferrantino, Ferrantini, Ferrantin and many more.

Ferrante Ranking

In the United States, the name Ferrante is the 5,623rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Ferrante is ranked the 7,743rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Ferrante migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Ferrante were found:

Ferrante Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agustin Ferrante, who arrived in Peru in 1892 [3]
  • Afsunta Ferrante, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Piano il Sorrent, in 1898
Ferrante Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfredo Ferrante, aged 16, who settled in America from Palmi, Italy, in 1904
  • Andrea Ferrante, aged 19, who settled in America from Cassel Sangeo, Italy, in 1905
  • Amedeo Ferrante, aged 33, who landed in America from Castoli, Italy, in 1910
  • Achille Ferrante, aged 38, who immigrated to America from Fontechiari, Italy, in 1910
  • Agata Ferrante, aged 4, who settled in America from Toretto, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrante (post 1700) +

  • Bob Jude Ferrante (b. 1959), American playwright and composer
  • Damon Ferrante, American composer
  • Frank Vincent Ferrante (b. 1963), American stage actor, comedian and director, best known for his impressions of Groucho Marx
  • Jack Anthony "Blackjack" Ferrante (1916-2006), American NFL football end
  • Russell Keith Ferrante (b. 1952), American jazz pianist, founding member of the group Yellowjackets
  • Patricia Jean Ferrante, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Andrea Ferrante (b. 1968), Italian composer
  • Ugo Ferrante (1945-2004), Italian footballer
  • Elena Ferrante, Italian writer
  • Marco Ferrante (b. 1971), retired Italian football striker
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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