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The distinguished surname Urso originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Urso came from the name Orso, which is derived from the Latin name Ursus, meaning bear.

Urso Early Origins



The surname Urso was first found in Forli (Latin: Forum Livii), a comune and city in Emilia-Romagna, capital of the province of Forli-Cesena. The Church of S. Mercuriale is notable. 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 was in itself a family honor.

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Urso Spelling Variations


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Urso Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Orsi, Orso, Ursi, Urso, Dorso, Ursich, Ursic, Orselli, Orsetti, Orsatti, Ursini, Ursino, Orsoni and many more.

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Urso Early History


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Urso Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urso research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1725, 1328, 1598, 1650 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Urso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Urso Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Urso Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Urso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Urso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Urso, aged 4, who arrived in America from Girgenti, Sicily, in 1907
  • Antonio Urso, aged 4, who arrived in America from Trakia, Palermo, in 1909
  • Antonina Urso, aged 14, who arrived in America from Marsala, Sicily, in 1910
  • Antonino Urso, aged 30, who arrived in America from Altavilla, Sicily, in 1911
  • Antonino Urso, aged 27, who arrived in America from Messina, Sicily, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Urso (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Urso (post 1700)



  • Joseph David Urso (b. 1979), American professional football quarterback
  • Phil Urso (1925-2008), American jazz tenor saxophonist and composer
  • Frank Urso, American former lacrosse player who led his team to two national championships in the 1973 and 1975 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, and a perfect 10–0 record in 1973
  • Camilla Urso (1842-1902), French violinist considered one of the most classical musicians in her time

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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    The Urso Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Urso 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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