Urso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Urso family
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.
Castello Ursino (Bear Castle), also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy that was built in the 13th century. Built between 1239 and 1250, it was one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily. Over the years it had fallen into ruin but in 1932, the castle was acquired by the city of Catania and restored to its original grandeur.
Early History of the Urso family
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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.
Early Notables of the Urso family (pre 1700)
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Urso migration to the United States +
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
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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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