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The distinguished surname Orsi originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Orsi came from the name Orso, which is derived from the Latin name Ursus, meaning bear.

Orsi Early Origins



The surname Orsi was first found in Forli (Latin: Forum Livii), a comune and city in Emilia-Romagna, capital of the province of Forli-Cesena. The Church of S. Mercuriale is notable. 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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Orsi Spelling Variations


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Orsi Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Orsi, Orso, Ursi, Urso, Dorso, Ursich, Ursic, Orselli, Orsetti, Orsatti, Ursini, Ursino, Orsoni and many more.

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Orsi Early History


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Orsi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orsi research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1725, 1328, 1598, 1650 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Orsi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orsi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orsi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orsi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orsi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juanni Francesco Orsi, who was naturalized in Mississippi in 1891
  • Juanni Francesco Orsi, who landed in Mississippi in 1891
  • A. Orsi, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1892

Orsi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolfo Orsi, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Lucca, Italy, in 1907
  • Agostino Orsi, aged 25, who landed in America from Uzzaero, Italy, in 1907
  • Aldo Orsi, aged 4, who landed in America from Torino, Italy, in 1908
  • Adolfo Orsi, aged 21, who landed in America from Campito, Italy, in 1909
  • Alvero Orsi, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Ferrentillo, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orsi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orsi (post 1700)



  • Leigh Ann Orsi (b. 1981), American actress
  • Adolfo Orsi (1888-1972), Italian industrialist, known for owning the Maserati automobile maker
  • Raimundo Bibian "Mumo" Orsi (1901-1986), Argentine footballer
  • Hoover Orsi (b. 1978), Brazilian race car driver, South American Formula 3 champion in 1999

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    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. 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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    11. ...

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