Rizo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rizo family

The surname Rizo was first found in various parts of Italy including early references in Emilia-Romagna, Venice, Bologna as well as in Lombardy and Tuscany. This name comes from the Italian word "ricco" meaning "curly." The name most likely referred to someone with curly hair.

Early History of the Rizo family

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Rizo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rizzo, Ricci, Rizzi, Riccio, Rizza, Risso, Lo Riccio, Lo Rizzo, Lorizzo, La Riccia, La Rizza and many more.

Early Notables of the Rizo family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Felice Riccio (1542-1605), an Italian painter of the late- Renaissance period; Antonello Riccio (active 1576), an Italian painter of the Renaissance period; Andrea Riccio (c. 1470-1532) born Andrea Briosco, an Italian sculptor and occasional architect; Domenico Riccio (also known as Domenico Brusasorci (1516-1567), an Italian painter; Pietro Ricchi (1606-1675), an Italian painter of the Baroque period, born in Lucca; Archbishop Ricciulli who adopted the Roman...
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United States Rizo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rizo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Rizo, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • G Battista Rizo, aged 10, who settled in America from Nicosin, in 1896
  • Francesco Rizo, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from Genoa, in 1897
Rizo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Concetta Rizo, aged 30, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1900
  • Concella Rizo, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Romettie, in 1905
  • Emanuele Rizo, aged 26, who settled in America from Rome, in 1906
  • Federico Rizo, aged 17, who landed in America from Calascibetta, in 1906
  • Carmelo Rizo, aged 42, who landed in America from S. Teresa, Italy, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rizo (post 1700) +

  • Marco Rizo Ayala (1920-1998), Cuban-born pianist, composer, and arranger, best known as the pianist, arranger and orchestrator for the American television sitcom I Love Lucy
  • Lady Rizo, stage name of Amelia Zirin-Brown, an American comedienne and chanteuse
  • Marco Rizo Ayala (1920-1998), Cuban-born pianist, composer, and arranger, best known as the pianist, arranger and orchestrator for the American television sitcom I Love Lucy


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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