Show ContentsNero History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian Nero surname is derived from the Italian word "nero," meaning "black;" as such it was likely originally a nickname for someone with black or dark hair.

Early Origins of the Nero family

The surname Nero was first found in the Tuscan city of Lucca in 1200, when the Neri family was of noble status.

Early History of the Nero family

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Nero Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Nero family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was a group of 27 priests from the Nero family in Florence, who lived around the 14th century. The Neroni family, also of Florence, produced 20 priests from 1291 to 1431. Giovanni Neroni was Bishop of Volterra in 1450 and in 1461 Pope Pio II granted him the position of Archbishop of Florence. Bernardo di...
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Nero Ranking

In the United States, the name Nero is the 6,427th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Nero migration to the United States +

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

Nero Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Nero, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [2]
Nero Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Raffaello Nero, age 32, who arrived in America on Feb. 5, 1883 aboard the "Trinacia"
  • Nicola Nero, age 31, who arrived in America on April 9, 1884, aboard the "Brittania"

Australia Nero migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nero Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Euphemia Nero, (b. 1820), aged 27, Scottish laundress who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Joseph Nero, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nero (post 1700) +

  • Erskine Nero, American politician, Workers World Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1984 [5]
  • Arvid H. Nero, American politician, First Selectman of New Britain, Connecticut, 1920-22 [5]
  • Martial Del Nero, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Oneida County 3rd District, 1933 [6]

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