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Where did the Italian Ferrari family come from? What is the Italian Ferrari family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ferrari family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ferrari family history?

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.


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, Ferrčri, 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.

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


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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
  • Joseph Ferrari, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894
  • Achille Ferrari, aged 33, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Modella, Italy, in 1909


  • Ermanno Wolf Ferrari (1876-1948), Italian composer
  • Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988), Italian racing car designer who founded Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer in 1929
  • Paolo Ferrari (1822-1889), Italian dramatist
  • Matteo Ferrari (b. 1979), Italian footballer
  • León Ferrari (1920-2013), Argentine contemporary conceptual artist from Buenos Aires
  • Luc Ferrari (1929-2005), French-born composer of Italian heritage


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The Ferrari Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferrari 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.

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