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

Ferri Early Origins



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

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Ferri Spelling Variations


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Ferri 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 Ferri 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.

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Ferri Early History


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Ferri Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferri research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1431, 1490, 1500, 1690, 1634, 1689, 1638, 1450, 1583 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Ferri History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ferri Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferri Early Notables (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 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Ferri:

Ferri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mateo Ferri, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816

Ferri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelina Ferri, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Brocco, Italy, in 1906
  • Alessandro Ferri, aged 23, who landed in America from Campeli, Italy, in 1906
  • Alessandro Ferri, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Isole Gran..., Teramo, in 1907
  • Alfredo Ferri, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Fano, Pisaro, in 1907
  • Alfonso Ferri, aged 25, who landed in America from Livigna, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferri (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferri (post 1700)



  • Gallieno Ferri (1929-2016), Italian comic book artist and illustrator
  • Mauro Ferri (1920-2015), Italian politician and judge, Italian Minister of Economic Development from 1972 to 1973
  • Michele Ferri (b. 1981), Italian association football defender
  • Ciro Ferri (1634-1689), Italian Baroque sculptor and painter
  • Riccardo Ferri (b. 1963), Italian former footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    5. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    11. ...

    The Ferri Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferri 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 8 September 2016 at 09:07.

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