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

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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.

First found in Portugal, where the surname Ferraro 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferraro research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferraro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferraro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferraro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • F Ferraro, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Angelo Ferraro, aged 38, who landed in America from Acri, in 1892
  • John Ferraro, who landed in California in 1893
  • Angelo Ferraro, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Angelo Ferraro, aged 30, who settled in America from Naples, in 1897


Ferraro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfonzo Ferraro, aged 48, who landed in America from Mercogliano, in 1900
  • Andenzeda Ferraro, aged 13, who settled in America from Sambusa, in 1900
  • Adelina Ferraro, aged 9, who emigrated to America from S. Martino, in 1901
  • Agrippina Ferraro, aged 23, who landed in America from Cellara, in 1902
  • Alfonso Ferraro, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Malvito, in 1902


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  • Michael Dennis Ferraro (b. 1944), American Major League Baseball player
  • Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011), American politician and 1984 Vice-President candidate
  • Peter Joseph Ferraro (b. 1973), American former NHL hockey player
  • Ray Ferraro (b. 1964), Canadian NHL hockey player
  • John Ferraro (1924-2001), Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Emanuele Ferraro (b. 1978), Italian footballer
  • Pier Miranda Ferraro (1924-2008), Italian operatic tenor
  • Salvatore Ferraro (b. 1983), Italian football player


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  2. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
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  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Guiseppi, Montague Spencer, edition. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies. Mancester, England: The Huguenot Soceity of London, 1921. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Ferraro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferraro 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 7 November 2011 at 19:47.

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