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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fierro. 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 Fierro family lived in Sicily where records date their presence as early as 1060.
The surname Fierro was first found in on the island in 1060. An important member of the Fierro 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.
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Fierro. These spelling variations 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fierro 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 Fierro History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 265 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fierro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Fierro:
Fierro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fierro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Fierro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fierro 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.
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