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The ancient history of the name Ferrante began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a person with gray hair, or who habitually dressed in gray. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word, ferrant, which means gray (a reference to the color of iron). Another derivation suggests that the name is a corruption of Ferrant, the Old French form of Ferdinand. Time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given situation.

Ferrante Early Origins



The surname Ferrante was first found in Yorkshire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror and appointed to the Wardenship of Skipton Castle, for the Cliffords, the chief tenants shown in the Domesday Book. They were under the protection and patronage of the ancient Earl of Albermarle.

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Ferrante Spelling Variations


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Ferrante Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ferrante are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ferrante include Ferrant, Ferrand, Ferand, Ferrante and others.

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Ferrante Early History


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Ferrante Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrante research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1651, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Ferrante History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ferrante Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferrante Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ferrante Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ferrante, or a variant listed above:

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
  • Joe Ferrante, Maltese artist
  • Elena Ferrante, Italian writer
  • Michael Ferrante (b. 1981), Australian football player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Justus propositi tenax
Motto Translation: The just is firm of purpose.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    11. ...

    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 10 December 2014 at 18:57.

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