FERRARI - Surname Meaning and Family History

What is the meaning of the last name Ferrari?

Ferrari is the Italian equivalent of the English surname Smith, meaning one who worked as a blacksmith
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Ferrari is patronymic or plural form of the last name Ferraro, an occupational surname from the Italian word ferraro, meaning "blacksmith" - originally derived from the Latin ferrum meaning "iron." Ferrari is basically the Italian equivalent of the English surname SMITH.

Ferrari is the third most common surname in Italy.


Surname Origin: Italian

Famous People With the FERRARI Surname

  • Enzo Ferrari - Italian race car designer
  • Ermanno W. Ferrari - Italian music composer
  • Gaudenzio Ferrari - 16th-century Italian artist
  • Virginio Ferrari - Italian sculptor

Where Is the FERRARI Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, Ferrari is the 1,667th most common surname in the world—found most prevalently in Brazil, but most common in Italy, especially the northern regions. The Ferrari surname is also fairly common in Monaco (ranked 30th in the country), Uruguay (61st) and Argentina (82nd).

Surname maps from WorldNames PublicProfiler demonstrate the popularity of the Ferrari surname in northern Italy, especially the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Liguria and Trentino-Alto Adige. The Ferrari name is also fairly common in the region of Tessin, Switzerland.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname FERRARI

Meanings of Common Italian Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your Italian last name with this free guide to Italian surname meanings and origins for the most common Italian surnames.

Ferreira DNA Surname Project
This DNA project is connecting individuals with the Ferreira surname and variants such as Ferrara, Ferrari, Ferraro, Ferrera, Ferreri, Ferrero and Forero, who are interested in using both Y-DNA and mtDNA testing to help discover common Ferreira ancestors.

Ferrari Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Ferrari family crest or coat of arms for the Ferrari surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Ferrari Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Ferrari ancestors around the world. Search or browse the archives for your Ferrari ancestors, or join the group and post your own Ferrari family query.

FamilySearch - FERRARI Genealogy
Explore over 4.2 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Ferrari surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. - FERRARI Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Ferrari.

GeneaNet - Ferrari Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Ferrari surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Ferrari Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Ferrari surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

  • Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.
  • Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.
  • Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.
  • Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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