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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.

Ferro Early Origins



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.

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Ferro Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ferro Early History


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Ferro Early History



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

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Ferro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferro 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 Ferro 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



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

Ferro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Ferro, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Louis Ferro, aged 24, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874
  • Manuel Ferro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferro (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferro (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Simon Ferro (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; U.S. Ambassador to Panama, 1998-2001
  • Rose M. Ferro, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Michael Thomas Ferro, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 4th District; Elected unopposed 2010; Elected 2012
  • Luca Ferro (b. 1978), Italian footballer
  • Cosimo Ferro (b. 1962), Italian fencer
  • Turi Ferro (1921-2001), Italian film actor
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ferro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferro 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 9 December 2015 at 15:16.

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