From this historical and fascinating Italian region have emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Nigris 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 Nigris 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 Nigris family
The surname Nigris 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 Nigris family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nigris research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1626, 1882, 1544, 1585, 1616, 1624, 1623, 1698, 1663, 1666, 1480 and 1528 are included under the topic Early Nigris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nigris 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 Nigris include Negri, Negro, Nigri, Nigris, Nigra, Negris, Negrelli, Negrotto, Negrello, Negroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Nigris family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaspare Negri, a Venetian painter whose only known painting entitled "Virgin with the Dead Christ and Saints" can be seen in Boston. Andalò Negro of Genoa was master of the famous poet and author Boccaccio. Iacopo Negretti was a Venetian painter who lived around... Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nigris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nigris family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Nigris: Giovani Negro, who was naturalized in Wyoming in 1900; Addolorata Nigro, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Grottolella, Italy, in 1920; Agnese Nigro, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Bari, Italy, in 1921.