The distinguished surname Dipierro 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 Dipierro came from the personal name
Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.
Early Origins of the Dipierro family
The surname Dipierro 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 Dipierro family
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Dipierro Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Dipierro 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 Dipierro 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... Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dipierro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dipierro family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dipierro were
Dipierro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Felicia Di Pierro, aged 31, originally from Bisceglie (Bari), Italy, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Cherbourg, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HJ-PZ3 : 6 December 2014), Felicia Di Pierro, 21 Nov 1920; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Guiseppe Dipierro, aged 22, originally from Salandra, Italy, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Cherbourg, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CS-J22 : 6 December 2014), Guiseppe Dipierro, 15 Sep 1920; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Dipierro (post 1700)
- Ray DiPierro (1926-2014), American guard in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers (1950–1951)
- Nahuel di Pierro, Argentine operatic bass