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Rizzo??¿

Postby rikkita » 18 Apr 2003, 03:43

Does anyone have any info on this surname? im lost in finding info!
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Postby ptimber » 18 Apr 2003, 04:45

Rizzo is a variation of the base name Ricci and and relates to wavy hair . The surname appears in the italian surname dictionary. Peter
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Re: Rizzo???

Postby sue1anne » 30 Jun 2005, 02:54

Peter,
Can you tell me where to find this information? My great grandfather was Francesco Ricci. My mother named my sister Riccelle, so we could call her Ricci, which she has been all her life, although we pronounce it Ricky.

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Re: Rizzo???

Postby vineviz » 30 Jun 2005, 03:19

I don't think Peter is around now, so I'll risk speaking for him.

He is probably referring to the wonderful book, "Our Italian Surnames" by Joseph G. Fucilla. It is currently out of print, but used copies often surface on Amazon and ebay. I think it is very intereting, and has many uncommon and even extinct Italian surnames.

There is also the "Dictionary or American Family Names" by Patrick Hanks, which is crazy expensive but has many common Italians. This book is also searchable if you subscribe to Ancestry.com.

And never forget the Italian phone book. It won't give meanings, but often reveals geographic origins.

http://elenco.libero.it/elencotel/publi ... onimie.jsp

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Re: Rizzo???

Postby sue1anne » 30 Jun 2005, 04:21

Thanks Vince. I think I've seen "Dictionary of American Family Names" at our local library. I'll check for the others on Amazon and eBay.

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