Rosso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rosso is derived from the Italian word "Rosso," which comes from the Latin words "Rubius and Rossius," which mean "red." As a surname, Rosso 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 Rosso family

The surname Rosso 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 Rosso family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosso research. Another 30 words (2 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 Rosso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rosso 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 Rosso 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 Rosso 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; Cosimo Rosselli (1439-1507), an Italian painter of the Quattrocento, active mainly in his birthplace of Florence; Michelangelo Rossi (Michel Angelo del Violino) (ca. 1602-1656), an important Italian composer, violinist and organist...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rosso migration to the United States +

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

Rosso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Domingo Rosso, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • Ant Rosso, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Rosso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Salvatore Rosso, who landed in Mississippi in 1902 [1]
  • Angela Rosso, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Andomo Permonti, Italy, in 1904
  • Angela Rosso, aged 32, who landed in America from Camartra, Italy, in 1907
  • Adelaide Rosso, aged 38, who landed in America from Mattir, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfredo Rosso, aged 23, who settled in America from Colletsh, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rosso (post 1700) +

  • George Rosso (1930-1994), American professional NFL football player
  • Mary Rosso, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 31; Elected 1998 [2]
  • Floyd W. Rosso, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Harrison Township, Michigan, 1933-34, 1947-53 [2]
  • Henry E. Del Rosso, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1954, 1964, 1966 [3]
  • Renzo Rosso (b. 1955), Italian clothing designer; cofounder of the Diesel clothing company
  • Nini Rosso (1926-1994), Italian jazz trumpeter and composer
  • Medardo Rosso (1858-1928), Italian sculptor
  • Rebecca Rosso (b. 1994), British actress, twin sister of Camilla Rosso
  • Patrick Rosso (b. 1969), French judoka
  • Giovanni Rosso (b. 1972), Croatian professional footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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