The Riccardi surname comes from the personal (first) name Riccardo, which is the Italian cognate of Richard.
Early Origins of the Riccardi family
The surname Riccardi was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized the island in 735 B.C. and Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. The Carthaginians arrived in 410, followed by the Romans
. After the decline of Rome, the island was under the power of the Saracens. Then in 1057, Sicily
was conquered by the Normans
. The time of conquest is said to be Sicily's brightest hour, having made the Sicilians the leading Maritime power in the Mediterranean and King Roger of Sicily
one of Europe's greatest kings. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Riccardi family
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Riccardi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rizzardi, Riccardi, Riccardo, Ricciardi, Ricciardo, Riccardini, Ricciardella, Rizzardini, Cardini, Cardazzo and many more.
Early Notables of the Riccardi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riccardi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Cardino, who came to Ontario in 1871; Vincenzo Ricciardi, who came to New York, NY in 1893; Giuseppe Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893.
Contemporary Notables of the name Riccardi (post 1700)
- Franco Riccardi (b. 1905), Italian fencer, 1936 Olympic champion in epee
- Arturo Riccardi (1878-1966), Italian admiral during World War II
- Luigi Riccardi (1807-1877), Italian painter, and professor at the Brera
- Marino Riccardi (b. 1958), politician in the nation (city state) of San Marino, where has been a captain-regent twice