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

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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 Nigro 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nigro 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 Nigro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 397 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nigro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

Nigro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Agostino Nigro, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Accadia, Italy, in 1903
  • Alessandro Nigro, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Castelbaronia, in 1905
  • Alessandro Nigro, aged 45, who landed in America from Castelbaronisi, Italy, in 1914
  • Aleardo Nigro, aged 20, who landed in America from Grimaldi Italy, in 1920
  • Addolorata Nigro, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Grottolella, Italy, in 1920


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  • Russell Nigro, American former justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Don Nigro, American playwright
  • Susan Nigro (b. 1951), American contrabassoonist
  • Carmine Nigro (1910-2001), American chess master and instructor
  • William Nigro, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State House of Representatives 49th District, 2010
  • Russell M. Nigro, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1974
  • Joseph D. Nigro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2008
  • John J. Nigro, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1966
  • Guiseppe A. Nigro, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Glen Cove, New York, 1951
  • D. M. Nigro, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940

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The Nigro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nigro 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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