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

The Italian surname Neri evolved in Tuscany, generally as a short form of a personal name such as Raineri, or Ranieris.


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 Neri. These spelling variations include Neri, Nero, Lo Nero, Lonero, Lanera, Neriti, Neretti, Nerini, Nerucci, Nerozzi, Neroni and many more.

First found in the Tuscan city of Lucca in 1200, when the Neri family was of noble status.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neri research. Another 294 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1431, 1450, 1461, 1472, 1482, 1490, 1515, 1595, 1609, 1614, 1615, 1664, and 1666 are included under the topic Early Neri History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 146 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Neri were

Neri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Neri, who landed in New York, NY in 1828
  • Rosa Neri, age 45, who arrived in America on April 30, 1880, aboard the "Belgenland"
  • Maria Neri, age 54, Caterina Neri, age 16, who arrived in New York on Nov. 8, 1883 aboard the "Labrador"
  • Antonio Neri, age 58, who arrived in New York on May 25, 1885, aboard the "Normandie"
  • Allessandro Neri, aged 28, who settled in America from S. Stefano, in 1892

Neri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Neri, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Civitella Del Tronto, Italy, in 1905
  • Andrea Neri, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Palermo, Sicily, in 1907
  • Amelia Neri, aged 27, who landed in America from Mazzema, Italy, in 1910
  • Abbondanza Neri, aged 22, who settled in America from Pellaro, Italy, in 1910
  • Agata Neri, aged 21, who landed in America from Decima-Persiceto, Italy, in 1910


  • Greg Neri, American author
  • Manuel Neri (b. 1930), American sculptor, painter, and printmaker
  • Maurizio Neri (b. 1965), Italian professional football coach and a former player
  • Maino Neri (1924-1995), Italian footballer
  • Saint Philip Romolo Neri (1515-1595), also known as Apostle of Rome, was an Italian priest
  • Francesca Neri (b. 1964), Italian actress
  • Rosalba Neri (b. 1939), retired Italian actress
  • Romeo Neri (1903-1961), Italian gymnast
  • Giulio Neri (1909-1958), Italian operatic bass
  • Giancarlo Neri, Italian sculptor



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  2. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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The Neri Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neri 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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