Rizzi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rizzi family

The surname Rizzi 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 Rizzi family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rizzi research. More information is included under the topic Early Rizzi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rizzi 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 Rizzi 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 Rizzi migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rizzi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Rizzi, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859 [1]

New Zealand Rizzi migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rizzi Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Augustine Rizzi, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Rizzi (post 1700) +

  • James Rizzi (b. 1950), American artist
  • Luigi Rizzi (b. 1952), Italian linguist
  • Carlo Rizzi (b. 1960), Italian conductor
  • Jorge Ángel Livraga Rizzi (1930-1991), Argentine poet, novelist, philosopher, essayist, educator and lecturer

  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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