Ferrin 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 Ferrin. 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 Ferrin family lived in Sicily where records date their presence as early as 1060.

Early Origins of the Ferrin family

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrin 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 Ferrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferrin 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 Ferrin 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 Ferrin 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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United States Ferrin migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Ferrin:

Ferrin Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Estaban Ferrin immigrated to Peru in 1534
Ferrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Ferrin, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Joshua Ferrin, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1760 [1]
Ferrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Esteban Ferrin, who arrived in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • Peter Ferrin, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [1]

Canada Ferrin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferrin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Ferrin, who landed in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrin (post 1700) +

  • Chariton Arnold "Arnie" Ferrin Jr. (1925-2008), American NBA basketball player, executive, and college athletics administrator, inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Jennifer Ferrin (b. 1979), American actress from Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • James P. Ferrin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Concord 1st Ward, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Concord 1st Ward, 1956;
  • Enos Ferrin, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1846-48
  • Augustin William Ferrin (1875-1976), American politician, U.S. Consul in Madrid, 1924-26; Tabriz, 1926-28; Teheran, 1928-30; Malaga, 1930-35; Montevideo, 1935-38
  • Gino Ferrin (1947-1990), retired German former football manager who managed from 1990 to 1997 and former player who played from 1969 to 1979

  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)

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