The name Rossillo is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Rossillo 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.
Early Origins of the Rossillo family
The surname Rossillo 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.
Early History of the Rossillo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossillo 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 Rossillo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rossillo Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Rossillo 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.
Early Notables of the Rossillo family (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 Rossillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rossillo family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Rossillo were found: Armando Rossi, who sailed to New York in 1884; Catharine Rossi, who arrived in New York in 1844; and Theodore Rossi who arrived in New York in 1852. Others sailed to Pennsylvania, including Giovanni Rossi arrived in 1896.