Ferrari History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Ferrari. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Ferrari comes from the Latin word ferro which means iron. The family likely were blacksmiths.

Early Origins of the Ferrari family

The surname Ferrari was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), where records can be found in 1271 of the Ferrari family living there at the Villa Mugnano.

Early History of the Ferrari family

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Ferrari Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Ferrari include Ferraro, Ferrari, Ferrario, Ferraris, Ferrai, Ferrero, Ferrarese, Ferreri, Ferrèri, Ferreli, Ferriero, Ferrieri, Ferrerio, Fevrero, Fevriero, Ferrer, Fer, Ferr, Fare, De Ferrari, Deferrari, Defferrari, De Ferraris, Ferrarello, Ferraretto, Ferrarini, Ferrarin, Ferrarotti, Ferrarone, Ferraron and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferrari family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Matteo Ferrari, a doctor in Grado and the court physician to Francesco Sforza; Bartolomeo Ferrari was an ecclesiastic in Milan who studied law before dedicating his life to the church in 1499; Gaudenzio Ferarri (1471-1546), an Italian painter; Antonio Ferrero (died 1508), an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal; Lodovico Ferrari was a famous mathematician in Bologna in 1530; Benedetto Ferrari of Reggio (1603-1681) was a composer and in 1653 to 1662 was maestro of the chapel to the Duke of Modena; Giovanni Baptista (Battista)...
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United States Ferrari migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Ferrari

Ferrari Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emilio Ferrari, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1863 [1]
  • Joseph Ferrari, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894 [1]
  • Achille Ferrari, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Pinzolo, in 1898
Ferrari Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Actun Ferrari, aged 8, who landed in America from S. Monte Dicima, in 1902
  • Albano Ferrari, aged 52, who landed in America from Montese, Italy, in 1905
  • Adelina Ferrari, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Turino, Italy, in 1907
  • Adriano Ferrari, aged 16, who landed in America from Gardolo, Italy, in 1908
  • Adone Ferrari, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Modella, Italy, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrari (post 1700) +

  • Albert R. Ferrari (1933-2016), American National Basketball Association player who played from 1955 to 1963
  • Francesco M. Ferrari, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Elvera Ferrari, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1952
  • Marco Virgilio Ferrari (1932-2020), Italian Roman Catholic titular bishop
  • Paolo Ferrari (1929-2018), Belgium-born, Italian actor who appeared in 45 films between 1938 and 2018
  • Sergio Ferrari (1943-2016), Italian professional footballer
  • Matteo Ferrari (b. 1979), Italian footballer
  • Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988), Italian racing car designer who founded Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer in 1929
  • Ermanno Wolf Ferrari (1876-1948), Italian composer
  • Paolo Ferrari (1822-1889), Italian dramatist
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  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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