Torriani History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Torriani family

The surname Torriani was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont), a territorial division of northern Italy at the foot of the Alps consisting of the provinces of Alessandria, Cuneo, Novara and Turin. Later Aosta and Vercelli were added and still later, Asti. History is related back to 49 B.C. The house of Savoy rose in 1000 A.D. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family were the ancient Lords of Perlo in Piedmont.

Early History of the Torriani family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torriani research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1147, 1475, 1602, 1657, 1624, 1630, 1655, 1713, 1472 and 1522 are included under the topic Early Torriani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Torriani Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torraco, Torrazzo, Torraca, Toraca, Toraza, Torraza, Torrissi, Torri, la Torri, Turrissi, Torresini, Torriani, Torre, la Torre, Torrese, Torresin, Torresano, Torresani and many more.

Early Notables of the Torriani family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Orazio Torriani (fl. 1602-1657) Italian architect who worked in Rome, best known for the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda and the church of San Francesco di Paola (1624-1630); and Giuseppe Antonio Torri (1655-c. 1713) an Italian architect from Bologna. Pietro Torrigiano (1472-1522), was an Italian sculptor and draughtsman, born at Florence. Torrigiano came in contact with Michelangelo, and the famous quarrel took place in which Buonarroti was disfigured for life. "It was Buonarotti's habit to banter (uccellare) all who were drawing there...
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United States Torriani migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torriani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Virginia Torriani, aged 1, who settled in America from Presaro, Tomba, in 1906
  • Peter Nobel Torriani, aged 68, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Ada Torriani, aged 17, who settled in America from Milan, Italy, in 1908
  • Gina Torriani, aged 25, who landed in America from Milan, Italy, in 1908
  • Emilia Torriani, aged 43, who landed in America from Milan, Lombardy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Torriani (post 1700) +

  • James A. Torriani, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [1]
  • Alice Torriani (b. 1984), Italian actress
  • Giuseppe Torriani (1904-1942), Italian professional footballer
  • Vico Torriani (1920-1998), Swiss actor and singer
  • Richard "Bibi" Torriani (1911-1988), Swiss ice hockey player and luger


The Torriani Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine et labora
Motto Translation: By fortitute and exertion.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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