Peraza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Peraza family

The surname Peraza was 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.

Early History of the Peraza family

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Peraza Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Peraza family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Cecco di Pietro, (c. 1330-1402), Italian painter of the Pisan School, date of birth cannot be confirmed, some mention of working with the painter Paolo di Lazzarino in 1350; Francesco Petrarca, or Petrarch, considered to be one of the four great Italian poets, Born in Florence in the 14th century, one of his most famous poems is entitled "Il Canzoniere"; Other bearers of this name from this era include: Riccardo Petroni, a Cardinal in Siena in 1313; Cola Petruccioli, a painter in Perugia in 1401 whose works can be seen at...
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Peraza Ranking

In the United States, the name Peraza is the 8,109th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Peraza migration to the United States +

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

Peraza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isabel Peraza, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • Ines Peraza, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Asa Peraza, who landed in Peru in 1854 [2]
  • Agustin Peraza, aged 30, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857 [2]
  • Jose Peraza, aged 40, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peraza (post 1700) +

  • Tamara Larrea Peraza (b. 1973), Cuban gold and silver medalist beach volleyball player at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games
  • Armando Peraza (1924-2014), born in Lawton Batista, Havana, Cuban Latin jazz percussionist and member of the rock band Santana [3]
  • Oswald José Peraza (b. 1962), Venezuelan Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1988
  • Enrique Caballero Peraza (b. 1959), Mexican politician, physician and psychologist
  • Cosme de la Torriente y Peraza (1872-1956), Cuban soldier, politician, lawyer and statesman, President of the League of Nations from 1923 until 1924
  • 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


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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