Show ContentsDepietro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Depietro 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 Depietro came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Depietro family

The surname Depietro 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 Depietro family

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Depietro 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 Depietro. 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 Depietro 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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United States Depietro migration to the United States +

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

Depietro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vincenzo DePietro, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1892
  • Nicola DePietro, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1897
Depietro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giovanni DePietro, aged 23, who landed in America from Morra Irpina, in 1900
  • Alfonso DePietro, aged 39, who immigrated to America from Siano, Italy, in 1906
  • Raffaele DePietro, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States from Bonito, Italy, in 1910
  • Nicholas Depietro, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1911
  • Giuseppo DePietro, aged 18, who settled in America from Vizzini, Sicily, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Depietro (post 1700) +

  • Joseph DePietro (1914-1999), American gold medalist weightlifter at the 1948 Summer Olympics and the World Championships in 1947
  • Alfred J. DePietro, American politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District, 2002 [1]

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