about my family name: FERRALIS
ago, I had the idea of investigating the origin
of my family name, and to try and rebuild
my family tree. Ferralis is not a very common
last name compared, say, to "Smith".
I decided to collect all the information I have
in this page.
The common root of last names like Ferralis,
Ferraro, Ferraris, Ferrari, Ferrau
derives, according to recent research,
from a Norman knight called Firraones,
that later became known as "Ferrari
of Cosenza": it could be an entirely
coincidental occurrence; however,
a several people with these names
have nord-european somatic features,
such as being of tall stature and
often having very light hair and skin.
"Ferralis" people, in particular
the ones I met in Sardinia, confirm
this rule. Sardinia is an island where
somatic traits are usually preserved
for centuries. For this reason, such
features I mentioned above may stand
out and be more "visible".
first person named "Ferralis"
I found is (!) Nicola Antonio Ferralis,
son of Giuseppe Ferraro and Marta
Celano, born July 10th 1783 in Casteluccio
Inferiore (Potenza, South Italy).
The original acts are hand-written
in Latin. This inconsistency the name
Ferraro of the father and Ferralis
of the son may be due to a transcription
mistake. This is not surprising, since
the original acts are hand-written
in Latin. Thus, it is most likely
that "Ferralis" may exist
because of a simple mistake...
more about Nicola Antonio Ferralis. In addition
to the certificate of Baptism, we also have
his certificate of marriage with Maria Imbeni,
celebrated in Cuglieri (OR, Sardinia) August
22nd, 1813. It is unknown why he moved from
South Italy to Sardinia. We also ignore his
job and social status. We can only speculate
that because of the extremely poor conditions
of the population in the Kingdom of the Two
Sicilies (basically South Italy, we know today)
at the beginning of the XIX century, Nicola
Antonio was forced to look for a better life
somewhere else. It is also possible that he
the marriage with Mary Imbeni Fara,
they had two
sons and two daughters, Antonio Giuseppe,
Vincenzo Antonio, Giuseppe and Carmela
Domenica. Antonio Giuseppe (about 1813),
married with Maria Antonia Campus had
6 children: Nicolo’, Angelo, Michele,
Giovanni, Maria Imbenia, Nicolina.
Michele (about 1850) married ...........
had at least 4 children: Francesco,
Pasqualino, Antonietta and Filippa.
Francesco (1880) married with Giovanna
Serra, had 10 children: Antonio, Antioco,
Filippo Pasqualino, Salvatore, Aurora,
Catrina, Michelina, Maria and Giuseppina
recently found a branch of Ferralis
family in San Francisco, CA. Giovanni
P. Ferralis moved from Oliena, Sardinia
to Rome and then to San Francisco, in
1921. From the US Census we know he
was working in a restaurant in
S. Francisco. He later changed his name
to John, he
married Giulia (also born in Italy).
They had a son, Louis
and Albertina, who I had the pleasure
to meet. She is first generation American.
I cannot really prove we are related,
it is possible his father Antonio Pasquale
could be Michele's brother or cousin.
can only sketch a family tree of the
part of the family (starting from
Nicola Antonio) I have immediate information,
passed on to me from my relatives.
(about 1783) married with
Maria Imbenia Fara:
* sons: Antonio Giuseppe, Vincenzo
* daughters: Giuseppa, Domenica Carmela.
Giuseppe (about 1813) married
Maria Antonia Campus.
* sons: Nicolo’, Angelo, Michele,
* daughters: Maria Imbenia, Nicolina.
(about 1850) married with.
* sons: Francesco, Pasqualino,...
* daughters: Antonietta, Filippa,..
Giovanna Serra (1888-1968)
* sons: Antonio, Antioco,
* daughters: Aurora, Michelina, Maria,
Antioco (1915-1979), married
Felicita Dettori (1925-2005),
* sons: Pasqualino,
Costantino, Giovanni Paolo,
* daughters: Anna.
(1943) married with Luigina Furlan
* sons: Nicola
(me)(1974). married with Luisa
** sons: Angelo Alberto (2010), Stella Rosa (2014)
Anna (1945). married with
* sons: Marcello (1967) married with
* Massimo (1969) married with Costanza.
* Dario (1972) married with Wilma.
Costantino (1947). married with
* sons: Nico (1973). married with
Elisena Manca (1974),
** sons: Maria Talia
(2000), Paolo (2001), Marco (2005).
* Talia (1976).
* Gianuario Marco (1980).
Giovanni Paolo (1950-2007). married
with Elena Simula.
* Mirko (1973 ) married with Maria
** sons: Enrico (2000),
* Masha (1974 ) married with Davide
* Davide ( 1978)
Giovanni Battista (1953).
married with Maria Antonietta Sardu.
* daughters: Marzia
there are some words about my father:
he was born in Pozzomaggiore (Sassari,
Sardinia) in 1943; he moved in Padova
in 1960, where he met my mother eleven
years later. From their marriage I
was born in Padova in 1974. Actually,
all my father's relatives live in
conclusion I would like to thank
that help me in my research.
This work is always
in progress. I am always looking
for clues and
bits of information about the
so if you have further information,
contact me to improve and enrich
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Last update: 12/06/2014