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

The distinguished surname Peraza can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Peraza came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

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Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Peraza. These spelling variations include Pietri, Petri, Petris, Pedri, Pieri, Pero, Pierri, Pierro, Perris, Peire, Peiro, Peyro, De Pietri, De Pietro, Di Pietro, Di Pietro, De Petris, De Pero, Depero, Di Pierro, Petrich, Petric, Petrovich, Petrovic, Perich and many more.

First found in the city of Pavia, where records are found in 1040 with Manfredi and Arizzone Pietra, feudal Lords of the territories of Pietra, Bissone, and Costa.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peraza research. More information is included under the topic Early Peraza History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 483 words(34 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peraza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Peraza:

Peraza Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Isabel Peraza, who landed in America in 1811
  • Ines Peraza, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Asa Peraza, who landed in Peru in 1854
  • Agustin Peraza, aged 30, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857
  • Jose Peraza, aged 40, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857

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  • Tamara Larrea Peraza (b. 1973), Cuban gold and silver medalist beach volleyball player at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games
  • Armando Peraza (b. 1924), Cuban Latin jazz percussionist
  • Carlos Enrique Castillo Peraza (1947-2000), Mexican journalist and politician, President of the National Action Party (1993–1996), recipient of the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor in 2007
  • Cosme de la Torriente y Peraza (1872-1956), Cuban soldier, politician, lawyer and statesman, President of the League of Nations from 1923 until 1924
  • Enrique Caballero Peraza (b. 1959), Mexican politician, physician and psychologist
  • Oswald José Peraza (b. 1962), Venezuelan Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1988


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Peraza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peraza 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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