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The surname Ruffini has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffini 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 Ruffini 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.

Early Origins of the Ruffini family


The surname Ruffini was first found in southern Italy, particularly on the island of Sicily. The surname Ruffini has at least two possible origins: First, the name Ruffini 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 Ruffini 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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Early History of the Ruffini family

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Early History of the Ruffini family


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Ruffini Spelling Variations

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Ruffini Spelling Variations


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

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Early Notables of the Ruffini family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ruffini family (pre 1700)


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...
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Migration of the Ruffini family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ruffini family to the New World and Oceana


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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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruffini (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruffini (post 1700)


  • Paolo Ruffini (1765-1822), Italian mathematician and philosopher
  • Giovanni Domenico Ruffini (1807-1881), Italian poet and librettist
  • Angelo Ruffini (1864-1929), Italian histologist and embryologist
  • Ernesto Ruffini (1888-1967), former archibishop of Palermo

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