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Multiple Origins for the Surname Ferrante


Italian


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 Early Origins




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Ferrante Spelling Variations


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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 characteristi c. 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Afsunta Ferrante, aged 8, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrante (post 1700)


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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
  • Andrea Ferrante (b. 1968), Italian composer
  • Ugo Ferrante (1945-2004), Italian footballer
  • Elena Ferrante, Italian writer
  • Marco Ferrante (b. 1971), retired Italian football striker
  • Joe Ferrante, Maltese artist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ferrante Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. 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. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Ferrante Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferrante 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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