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

The Pilla family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Pilla family lived near a column or post that often served as a landmark for travelers. The surname Pilla is derived from the Italian word pila, which means pillar or column.

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There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Pilla are Pili, Pilis, Pilli, Pilo, Pillo, Pilona, Piloni, Pileggi and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where in 1172 Pilli was Councillor in the government of Florence. The powerful Pilli family of Florence were Lords of many castles and territories, and avid supporters of the Ghibeline faction.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pilla research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1229, 1288, 1298, 1524, 1598, 1628, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Pilla History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 64 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Pilla: Teresa Pillonati, age 32, who arrived in America on June 26, 1893, aboard the "Werra".

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The Pilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pilla 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.

This page was last modified on 26 January 2011 at 12:47.

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