The Ricciardi surname comes from the personal (first) name Riccardo, which is the Italian cognate of Richard.
Early Origins of the Ricciardi family
The surname Ricciardi 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 Ricciardi family
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Ricciardi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rizzardi, Riccardi, Riccardo, Ricciardi, Ricciardo, Riccardini, Ricciardella, Rizzardini, Cardini, Cardazzo and many more.
Early Notables of the Ricciardi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ricciardi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ricciardi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Vincenzo Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893
- Giuseppe Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893
- Giovanni Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893
- Giacomo Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893
- Donato Ricciardi, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893
Ricciardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nicola Ricciardi, who settled in West Virginia in 1906
Contemporary Notables of the name Ricciardi (post 1700)
- John Paul Ricciardi (b. 1959), American Major League Baseball executive, special assistant to New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, former General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays
- Carmen Ricciardi, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1978 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Romano Ricciardi, Italian/Swiss Jazz-Saxophonist
- Giovanni Ricciardi (b. 1977), Italian painter from Castellammare di Stabia, Province of Naples
- Giovanni Ricciardi (b. 1968), Italian cellist
- Armando Ricciardi (b. 1905), Italian Olympic boxer