Frigo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Frigo family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany 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, but does not necessarily denote nobility.
Early Origins of the Frigo family
The surname Frigo was first found in the city of Florence, with Federigo Federighi during the early 14th century.
Early History of the Frigo family
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Frigo Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Frigo are Federici, Federico, Federigi, Federighi, Federigo, Fenderico, Fedrici, Fedrizzi, Federzoni, Fedrigo, Fedrigoni, Fedrigon, Ferdico, Ferrighi, Frigo, Frighi, Frigato, Frigatti, Frizzi, Frizzotti, Frizzone, Frizzera, Frizzarin, Frizzell, Frizzelli, Frizelli and many more.
Early Notables of the Frigo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Federighi, born in Siena in 1490. He was a famous sculptor and architect, and was assistant to Jacopo della Quercia in works for the cathedral at Siena. One of these works is Sibilla Eritrea, which was done in marble. Benedetto Federici of Ferrara was known as "Durante" because his family had owned the Durante...
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Migration of the Frigo family
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Frigo: Patrick Frizzell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1858.
Contemporary Notables of the name Frigo (post 1700) +
- Peter Frigo, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1956 
- Armando Frigo (1917-1943), American soccer player of Italian descent
- Johnny Frigo (1916-2007), American jazz violinist and bassist
- Giuseppe Frigo (1935-2019), Italian jurist, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy (2008-2016)
- Franco Frigo (b. 1950), Italian politician from Veneto
- Dario Frigo (b. 1973), Italian former professional road bicycle racer
- Rudi Frigo (b. 1974), former Australian rules footballer
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