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Where did the Italian Penado family come from? What is the Italian Penado family crest and coat of arms? When did the Penado family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Penado family history?

The Penado surname is derived from the Italian word "pignatta," meaning "a pot;" and as such, it is thought to have been an occupational name for a potter.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pignatti, Pinotti, Pagnatto, Pinotto, Pignatta, Pignataro, Pignatelli, Pignatiello, Pignattaro, Pinetti, Pinotti, Pinat and many more.

First found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), a city in Emilia capital of the province of Modena. It became Roman in 215 B.C. It was successfully defended by Brutus against Mark Anthony. It changed hands many times between Church and Duchy. In 1859 the inhabitants declared in favor of unity with the Kingdom of Italy. The Ducal Palace is a notable. Rich in art the city has many museums and galleries. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor. The family is described in Modena as being originally of Ravenna 1370, a noble family of Forli a town in Emilia capital of the province of Forli. Believed to be built over the ancient Forum Livii. The Church of S.Mercuriale is notable. By the 16th century they were cavaliers when Giacomo was a captain in the army.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penado research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1734, 1726, 1691 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Penado History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Penado Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alvero Penado, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829
  • Alvero Penado, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Santiago Penado, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Santiago Penado, who settled in New Orleans in 1839

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The Penado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penado Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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