Show ContentsFerro 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 Ferro. 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 Ferro family lived in Sicily where records date their presence as early as 1060.

Early Origins of the Ferro family

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

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Ferro 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 Ferro 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 Ferro family

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 San Stefano. Bartolomeo Ferretti of Genoa was Senator in 1638; Nicolo Ferretti was a famous poet in Ravenna around 1450; Giampietro Ferretti was Bishop of...
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Ferro Ranking

In the United States, the name Ferro is the 4,971st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1 However, in France, the name Ferro is ranked the 5,253rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 2

United States Ferro migration to the United States +

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

Ferro Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob, Ferro Jr., who arrived in New York, NY in 1740 3
Ferro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Ferro, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 3
  • Louis Ferro, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874 3
  • Manuel Ferro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1877 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferro (post 1700) +

  • Simon Ferro (b. 1953), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; U.S. Ambassador to Panama, 1998-2001 4
  • Rose M. Ferro, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 4
  • Michael Thomas Ferro, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 4th District; Elected unopposed 2010; Elected 2012 4
  • Daniel Ferro (1921-2015), born Daniel Eisen, an American bass-baritone and voice teacher
  • Jéanpaul Ferro (b. 1967), American writer of poetry, novels, and short stories
  • Dan Ferro, American actor
  • Robert Ferro (1941-1988), American novelist
  • Luca Ferro (b. 1978), Italian footballer
  • Cosimo Ferro (b. 1962), Italian fencer
  • Turi Ferro (1921-2001), Italian film actor
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  • Günther Ferro (1921-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 5

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