Rizzo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rizzo family

The surname Rizzo 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 Rizzo family

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

Rizzo 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 Rizzo 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 Rizzo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rizzo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Rizzo, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Clorindo, Felice, Geremia, Guiseppe Ricci, Angelo Riccio, Maria Antonia, Matilde, Ros Antonio, and Rasario Rizzo, all, who arrived in New York city in 1881 aboard the SS Vincenzo Florio from Palermo
  • Angela Rizzo, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Alessand Rizzo, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Andres Rizzo, aged 31, who landed in America from Rometta, in 1899
Rizzo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francesco Rizzo, who landed in New York, NY in 1902 [1]
  • Francesco Rizzo, who settled in New York city in 1902
  • Andrea Rizzo, aged 26, who settled in America from South Pier Patti, Italy, in 1904
  • Jiovani Rizzo who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Jiovani Rizzo, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [1]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rizzo (post 1700) +

  • Patti Rizzo (b. 1960), American professional golfer and golf instructor
  • Ermenigildo "Jilly" Rizzo (1917-1992), American restaurateur and entertainer
  • Anthony Rizzo (1918-2004), American film writer and director
  • Alberto Rizzo (1931-2004), American fashion photographer and painter
  • Megan Rizzo, American Republican politician, Candidate for Delaware State House of Representatives 19th District, 1998 [2]
  • John Joseph Rizzo, American Democrat politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives 19th District 2012 [2]
  • Gaetano Rizzo, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 2nd District, 1938 [2]
  • Frank Lazarro Rizzo (1920-1991), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972-80; Defeated, 1983, 1987 [2]
  • Frank J. Rizzo, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 13th District, 1954, 1956 [2]
  • Frank Rizzo, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1956, 1964; Chair of Gloucester County Democratic Party, 1959 [2]
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Suggested Readings for the name Rizzo +

  • 640 "The Descendants of Simpson-Roach Families of South Carolina" by Max Perry, "A Roach Family History" by Frank W. Medley.

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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