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Ferrara Early Origins



The surname Ferrara was first found in Portugal, where the surname Ferrara was most likely used initially as an occupational name for a blacksmith. Such a heritage is demonstrated by the coat of arms of one branch of this family that features fourteen iron cauldrons and the crest of another branch that features an ostrich with a horseshoe in its beak.

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Ferrara Early History


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Ferrara Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrara research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferrara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ferrara Spelling Variations


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Ferrara Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ferrara, Ferrera, Ferrari, Ferraro, Ferreri, Ferreria, Ferrer, Ferrera, Ferrero, Ferreira, Herrera, Ferrarius, Ferriere, Ferrieres, Ferrea, Ferrarese, Ferraresi, Farreras, Farrera, Farreres, Ferri, Fierro, Hiero, Fer, Ferretti, Ferrettini, Ferretto, Ferrettino, Ferrin, Ferrini, Ferrino, Ferrucci, Ferruzzi, Ferrulli, Ferrotti, Ferroli, Ferroni, Ferron, Ferrone and many more.

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Ferrara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferrara Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent members of the family include Lord Alvaro Rodrigues Ferreira, who was listed at Leon in 1170; Cristóvão Ferreira (1580-1650), Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan who apostacized...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferrara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andre Ferrara, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jose Ferrara, aged 20, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1842 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Maria Ferrara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Adamo Ferrara, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1897

Ferrara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A. Andrea Ferrara, aged 17, who landed in America from Tufino, in 1903
  • Agostino Ferrara, aged 2, who landed in America from Palena, Italy, in 1904
  • Abele Ferrara, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Sarno, Italy, in 1906
  • Achille Ferrara, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Lucera, Italy, in 1907
  • Alessandro Ferrara, aged 56, who landed in America from Pianella, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrara (post 1700)



  • Napoleone Ferrara, Italian-American molecular biologist awarded a Lasker Award in 2010
  • Adam Ferrara (b. 1966), American actor and comedian
  • Abel Ferrara (b. 1951), American movie screenwriter and director
  • Peter Ferrara, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 3rd District, 1943-44; Defeated, 1944 (St. Louis City 3rd District), 1946 (St. Louis City 11th District), 1948 (St. Louis City 11th District)
  • Joseph J. Ferrara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 14th District, 2008
  • Donna Ferrara, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly 15th District, 1993-2001
  • Dominick H. Ferrara, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of East Haven, Connecticut, 1956-57
  • Concetta M. Ferrara, American politician, Representative from New York 18th District, 1996
  • Andrea J. Ferrara, American politician, Independent Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1986; Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • Giuseppe Ferrara (1932-2016), Italian film director and screenwriter
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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