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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 and printed products wherever possible.


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 Fierro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

  • Vicente Fierro, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1877
  • Arminio Fierro, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Antonio Fierro, aged 15, who arrived in America from S. Mango, in 1898
  • Antonio Fierro, aged 16, who arrived in America from Montello, in 1899

Fierro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Fierro, aged 29, who arrived in America from Campo Basso, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Fierro, aged 36, who arrived in America from Fossatto, Camprobas, in 1909
  • Angelo Fierro, aged 23, who arrived in America from S. Agata di Puglia, Foggia, in 1909
  • Angelantonio Fierro, aged 37, who arrived in America from Prata, Avellino, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonio Fierro, aged 23, who arrived in America from Montefredano, Italy, in 1911
  • ...

  • Adam Fierro, American television writer and producer, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in 2009
  • Carlos Eduardo Fierro Guerrero (b. 1994), Mexican football striker
  • Gonzalo Antonio Fierro Caniullán (b. 1983), Chilean footballer

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    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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    The Fierro Family Crest was acquired from the 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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