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The name Rossellini is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Rossellini was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a reddish complexion. Nickname surnames usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found.

Rossellini Early Origins



The surname Rossellini was first found in the cites of Trento, Udine, Vicenza, Venice, Savigliano, Pisa, Ravenna, and Rome. Some of the family migrated as far south as Sicily. This southern branch of the family descended from Count Ugone Rosso of Sicily, whose ancestors were Normans.

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Rossellini Early History


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Rossellini Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossellini research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1197, 1204, 1325, 1564, 1439, 1507, 1602, 1656, 1659, 1715 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Rossellini History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rossellini Spelling Variations


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Rossellini Spelling Variations



Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Rossellini include Rosso, Rossa, Rossi, Del Rosso, De Rossi, De Russi, Lo Russo, Lorusso, La Russa, Larussa, Rosselli, Rossello, Rossellini, Ruggiu, Ruiu, Ruju, Rubiu, Rossillo, Rossetto, Rossit, Rossini, Rossitti, Rossitto, Rossotto, Russotti, Russello, Russetti, Russino, Russiani, Rossoni, Rossetti, Roussini, Rosselino, Rossato, Della Rossa, DeRossi, De Rubeis, Russo and many more.

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Rossellini Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rossellini Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Jacoppi Rossi in 1176, Gherardo Rossi in 1197 and Beringhieri Rossi in 1204; in 1325, Fidello del Rosso was prior at St. Piero; Giambattista Rossi vicar of Ordine in 1564; Lorenzo Rossi, professor of philosophy at the University of Ferrara in the 17th century...

Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rossellini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rossellini

Rossellini Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giovanni Rossellini, aged 25, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Rossellini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Umberto Rossellini, aged 24, who landed in America from Corrichio, in 1903
  • Pietro Rossellini, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Ponte Buggianese, Italy, in 1910
  • Raffaelo Rossellini, aged 16, who landed in America from Villa Baslica, Italy, in 1912
  • Aladino Rossellini, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Pescia, Italy, in 1912
  • Salvatore Rossellini, aged 16, who settled in America from Castrofiggari, Sicily, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rossellini (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rossellini (post 1700)



  • Will Rossellini (b. 1979), American baseball player and businessman
  • Renzo Rossellini (1908-1982), Italian composer
  • Bernardo Rossellini (1409-1464), Italian architect
  • Antonio Rossellini, Italian sculptor
  • Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977), Italian film director

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