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Where did the Italian Negrete family come from? What is the Italian Negrete family crest and coat of arms? When did the Negrete family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Negrete family history?

From this historical and fascinating Italian region have emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Negrete family. Italian people were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary to adopt a second name as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The surname Negrete is derived from the Italian word "negri" which means "black." It was most likely originally a nickname for someone with a dark complexion, perhaps for an immigrant from northern Africa.


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 Negrete include Negri, Negro, Nigri, Nigris, Nigra, Negris, Negrelli, Negrotto, Negrello, Negroni and many more.

First found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. One of the first records of the name was Carlo Negri di Pietra Santa who was a Bishop of the city in 929. Ferrar, a city in Emilia Romagna is the capital of the province of Ferrara. Them city was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. 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 was in itself a family honor.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Negrete research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1626, 1882, 1544, 1585, 1616, 1624, 1623, 1698, 1663 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Negrete History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 377 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Negrete 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 Negrete:

Negrete Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Negrete, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Pero Negrete, who landed in America in 1817

Negrete Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • O.L. Negrete, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Julius G. Negrete, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Mercedes Negrete, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1916


  • Pedro Celestino Negrete (1777-1846), Spanish politician
  • Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (1911-1953), Mexican singer and actor
  • Lorenzo Negrete, Mexican singer, musician and actor
  • Oscar Manuel Negrete Padilla, Colombian two-time bronze medalist amateur boxer
  • Manuel "Manolo" Negrete Arias (b. 1959), Mexican footballer


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Negrete Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Negrete 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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