The Ferrugia surname was first found in Sicily
and Malta. In the Maltese language the word "farrug" means "a cockerel."
Early Origins of the Ferrugia family
The surname Ferrugia was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans
arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest
said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily
one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily
they invaded Greece. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Ferrugia family
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Ferrugia Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Farrugia, Farruggia, Ferrugia, Ferruggia and others.
Early Notables of the Ferrugia family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferrugia family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ferrugia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Gaetano Ferrugia, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Agira, in 1901
- Francesco Ferrugia, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Agira, in 1903
- Angela Ferrugia, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Calforucinaffe, Sicily, in 1909
- Luigi Ferrugia, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Calforucinaffe, Sicily, in 1909
- Francesco Ferrugia, aged 41, who landed in America from S. Guiseppe, Palermo, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrugia (post 1700)
- John Ferrugia (b. 1951), American Investigative Reporter and News Anchor at KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado since 1992