Show ContentsNegro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From this historical and fascinating Italian region have emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Negro 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 Negro 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.

Early Origins of the Negro family

The surname Negro was 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.

Early History of the Negro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Negro research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1480, 1528, 1544, 1585, 1616, 1623, 1624, 1626, 1663, 1666, 1698 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Negro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Negro Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Negro include Negri, Negro, Nigri, Nigris, Nigra, Negris, Negrelli, Negrotto, Negrello, Negroni and many more.

Early Notables of the Negro family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Andalò Negro of Genoa was master of the famous poet and author Boccaccio...
  • Ambrogio Benedetto Negro was Doge of Genoa in 1585, and four members of the Negroni family in Genoa held this position through the 18th century...
  • Giovan-Francesco Negroni was made Cardinal by Pope Leone XI...
  • Giulio Santo Pietro del Negro was a 16th century Milanese musician...

Negro Ranking

In France, the name Negro is the 7,999th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [1]


United States Negro migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Negro:

Negro Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Augt Negro, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Phillis Negro, who arrived in Maryland in 1648 [2]
Negro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joaquin Negro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1839 [2]
Negro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giovani Negro, who was naturalized in Wyoming in 1900

Canada Negro migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Negro Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Negro, aged 14 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on 8th August 1847 [3]


  1. http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 49)


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