Lo russo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Lo russo is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Lo russo was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a reddish complexion. Nickname surnames usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found.
Early Origins of the Lo russo family
The surname Lo russo was first found in the cites of Trento, Udine, Vicenza, Venice, Savigliano, Pisa, Ravenna, and Rome. Some of the family migrated as far south as Sicily. This southern branch of the family descended from Count Ugone Rosso of Sicily, whose ancestors were Normans.
Early History of the Lo russo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lo russo research. Another 30 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1197, 1204, 1325, 1564, 1439, 1507, 1602, 1656, 1659, 1715 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Lo russo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lo russo Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Lo russo include Rosso, Rossa, Rossi, Del Rosso, De Rossi, De Russi, Lo Russo, Lorusso, La Russa, Larussa, Rosselli, Rossello, Rossellini, Ruggiu, Ruiu, Ruju, Rubiu, Rossillo, Rossetto, Rossit, Rossini, Rossitti, Rossitto, Rossotto, Russotti, Russello, Russetti, Russino, Russiani, Rossoni, Rossetti, Roussini, Rosselino, Rossato, Della Rossa, DeRossi, De Rubeis, Russo and many more.
Early Notables of the Lo russo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Jacoppi Rossi in 1176, Gherardo Rossi in 1197 and Beringhieri Rossi in 1204; in 1325, Fidello del Rosso was prior at St. Piero; Giambattista Rossi vicar of Ordine in 1564; Lorenzo Rossi, professor of philosophy at the University of Ferrara in the 17th century; Cosimo Rosselli (1439-1507), an Italian painter of the Quattrocento, active mainly in his birthplace of Florence; Michelangelo Rossi (Michel Angelo del Violino) (ca. 1602-1656), an important Italian composer, violinist and organist...
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Lo russo migration to the United States +
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Lo russo were found:
Lo russo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfreas Lorusso, aged 21, who settled in America from Conversana, Italy, in 1907
- Angelo Lorusso, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Conversana, Italy, in 1907
- Alice Lorusso, aged 28, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
- Angelo LoRusso, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Bisceglie, Italy, in 1911
- Anna Lorusso, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Grumo Appula, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lo russo (post 1700) +
- Vincent Lorusso, American Broadway and Hollywood actor
- Anthony P. LoRusso, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 38th District, 1972 
- Benedetto Lorusso (b. 1990), Italian footballer
- Artruro Lorusso, Hollywood writer
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