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The surname Ruffalo has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffalo could have come from the Italian pet name Ruffo, with various suffixes added, such as "-ino," or "-ini." A possible origin of Ruffo is the Germanic name Hrodwulf, meaning "victorious wolf," which was Italianized after one of many barbarian invasions. Second, the name Ruffalo could have been derived from the Latin "rufus," meaning "red." If this is the case, the name probably originated as a nickname, perhaps for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.

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The surname Ruffalo was first found in southern Italy, particularly on the island of Sicily. The surname Ruffalo has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffalo could have come from the Italian pet name Ruffo, with various suffixes added, such as "-ino," or "-ini." A possible origin of Ruffo is the Germanic name Hrodwulf, meaning "victorious wolf," which was Italianized after one of many barbarian invasions. Second, the name Ruffalo could have been derived from the Latin "rufus," meaning "red." If this is the case, the name probably originated as a nickname, perhaps for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruffino, Ruffini, Ruffo, Ruffi and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruffalo research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1421, 1765, 1807, 1822, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Ruffalo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Ruggero Ruffino, who was senator of the city of Siracusa and counselor of the Baron of Capopassero. Also worth noting are...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruffalo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gaspian Ruffi, are 23, who came to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1823; Antonino Ruffino, who came to New York city in 1891, aboard the "Palcevera"; Massimo Ruffino, who arrived at New York in 1892, aboard the "Dubbeldam".

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    Other References

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    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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    The Ruffalo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruffalo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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