Ferre 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 Ferre. 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 Ferre comes from the Latin word ferro which means iron. The family likely were blacksmiths.

Early Origins of the Ferre family

The surname Ferre 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 Ferre family

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Ferre 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 Ferre 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 Ferre 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 Ferre migration to the United States +

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

Ferre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Ferre, aged 26, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1839 [1]
  • Joseph Ferre, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [1]

Canada Ferre migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Ferré, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 15th April 1641 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferre (post 1700) +

  • Maurice A. Ferré (b. 1935), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Miami, Florida, 1973, 1973-85 ; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2004
  • Luis Alberto Ferré (1904-2003), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1964; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73
  • John B. Ferre, American Democrat politician, Retail hatter; Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1902-04
  • Gianfranco Ferre (1945-2007), Italian designer known as "architect of fashion"
  • Rosario Ferré Ramírez de Arellano (1938-2016), Puerto Rican writer, poet, and essayist
  • Brigadier-General Pierre-Martin-Jean-Baptiste Ferre (b. 1891), French Commanding Officer during World War II [3]
  • Isolina Ferré Aguayo (1914-2000), Puerto Rican-born Roman Catholic nun, known as the "Mother Teresa of Puerto Rico," recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  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)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) Pierre-Martin-Jean-Baptiste Ferre. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ferre/Pierre-Martin-Jean-Baptiste/France.html

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