Surnames Ferrari, Ferraro, Ferrero, Ferriero, Ferrer and more

Surnames Ferrari, Ferraro, Ferrero, Ferriero, Ferrer and more

Ferrari is one of the most frequent surnames in Italy. It derives from activities related to blacksmithing, fabbros in Italian, faber ferrarus in Latin. Blacksmiths enjoyed of great consideration in the different regions of Italy since his work was essential to make farming tools.

The surname Ferrari is one of the most common in Italy. It derives from activities related to the profession of a blacksmith, known as “fabbro” in Italian, which in Latin was referred to as “faber ferrarius.” Alternatively, it may originate from activities related to the extraction and smelting of iron.

The blacksmith was a highly regarded artisan in various Italian regions, and their work was essential in agricultural communities. Using tongs, an anvil, pliers, hammers, and mallets, the blacksmith shaped iron bars that, when red-hot, yielded to their vigorous blows, transforming into tools such as hoes, shovels, axes, sickles, picks, horseshoes, and pitchers.

Pier Felice degli Uberti, President of the Italian Heraldic Genealogical Institute, comments that Ferrari could also have a Lombard origin. In this case, the surname would have a military origin and derive from “fare,” which comes from the German word “fahren,” meaning “to travel.”

Derivatives of the surname include: Ferraro,  Ferrario,  Ferraris,  Ferrai,  Ferrero (Piedmont),  Ferreri,  Ferriere, Ferriero,  Ferrieri,  Ferrerio,  Fevrero,  Fevriero,  Ferrer,  De Ferrari,  Deferrari,  De Ferraris,  Ferrarello,  Ferraretto,  Ferrarini,  Ferrarotti, Ferrazzano, Ferraroto.