Ferrato History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Ferrato. 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 Ferrato family lived in Sicily where records date their presence as early as 1060.

Early Origins of the Ferrato family

The surname Ferrato was first found in on the island in 1060. An important member of the Ferrato 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.

Important Dates for the Ferrato family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrato research. Another 43 words (3 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 Ferrato History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferrato Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Ferrato 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 Ferrato 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 painter; Gabriele Ferretti was Archbishop of Fermo and Cardinal of Santa Chiesa; many members of this family were honored with the title of Knight of...
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Migration of the Ferrato family

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ferrato arrived in North America very early: 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.

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