From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Ferrett. 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 Ferrett family lived in Sicily
where records date their presence as early as 1060.
Early Origins of the Ferrett family
The surname Ferrett was first found in on the island in 1060. An important member of the Ferrett 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 Ferrett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrett 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 Ferrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferrett Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Ferrett are 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 Ferrett 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 Ferrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ferrett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ferrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ellen Ferrett, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrett (post 1700)
- John Ferrett (1812-1894), English-born, Australian pastoralist and politician, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly