From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Ferrati. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Ferrati family lived in Sicily
where records date their presence as early as 1060.
Early Origins of the Ferrati family
The surname Ferrati was first found in on the island in 1060. An important member of the Ferrati lineage at this time was Tomaso Ferro, mayor of Sassuolo in 1288; Tuccio Ferrucci was Captain of the defense of Pistoia in 1305, when Arrigo VII was ruler of the city.
Early History of the Ferrati family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrati research.Another 280 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1431, 1490, 1500, 1690, 1634, 1689, 1638, 1450, 1583, 1868, 1601 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Ferrati History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferrati Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Ferrati include Ferro, Ferri, Fierro, Ferretti, Ferretto, Ferrettini, Ferrettino, Ferrini, Ferrino, Ferrin, Ferin, Ferrucci, Ferruzzi, Ferroli, Ferrotti, Ferrieri, Ferranti, Ferrillo, Ferrulli, Ferrato, Ferriani, Ferraiolo, Ferraioli, Ferraiuolo, Ferraiulo and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferrati family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Domenico Ferretti, a diplomat and jurist in Castelfranco in 1490. Giulio Ferretti was a Statesman and jurisconsult in Ravenna in 1500; Raimondo Ferretti, governor of Loreto and Archbishop of Ravenna in 1690; Ciro Ferri (1634-1689), was an Italian Baroque sculptor and... Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferrati Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ferrati family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Ferrati: Carlo Ferrucci, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Cora, Italy, in 1910; Cataldo Ferrucci, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Corato, Italy, in 1910.