Pacini History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pacini evolved from the Latin word "pax," which means "peace." The surname was likely originally a nickname for a person who was of a peaceful nature, or who sought peace in the figure of Christ.

Early Origins of the Pacini family

The surname Pacini was first found in with Negusante Paci, who arrived in Italy with Emperor Federico I and settled in Bologna.

Early History of the Pacini family

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Pacini Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Pacini include Paci, Pace, Pasi, Pase, Pasio, Pacelli, Pacella, Paciello, Pacilli, Pacetti, Pacitto, Pacini, Pacino, Pacinotti, Paciotti, Paciullo, Pacenti, Paselli, Pasello, Pasetti, Pasetto, Pasini, Pasino, Pasin, Pasinetti, Pasinati, Pasinato, Pasoli, Pasolini, Pasolli, Pasotti, Pasotto, Pasutti, Pasutti, Pacioli, Pacchiarotti, Pacho and many more.

Early Notables of the Pacini family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Luca Pacioli, a mathematician in Venice in 1445; Iacopo Pacchiarotti was a painter in Siena at this time. Asprilio Pacelli was a church musician in Umbria, and moved to Rome where he became choirmaster. In 1603 he was appointed musical director of King Sigismund II at the Royal Chapel in Warsaw, Poland. Pietro Paolo Paciotti was a 16th century choirmaster in Rome and was also a composer of masses, madrigals, and motets. Salvadore Pacini was mayor of Piacenza in 1545 and...
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United States Pacini migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Pacini:

Pacini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Santi Pacini, aged 33, originally from Lucchio, Lucca, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Duca d'Aosta" from Genoa, Italy [1]
  • Alfredo Pacini, aged 42, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Crofton Hall" from Montevideo, Uraguay [2]
  • Eva Pacini, aged 5, originally from Montorio V., Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Velia Pacini, aged 20, originally from Venciamo, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Belvedere" from Genoa, Italy [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pacini (post 1700) +

  • Edoardo Pacini (b. 1991), Italian footballer
  • Francesco Pacini (b. 1906), Italian modern pentathlete at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Domenico Pacini (1878-1934), Italian physicist noted for his contributions to the discovery of cosmic rays
  • Alfredo Pacini (1888-1967), Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Nuncio to Switzerland from 1960 to 1967
  • Giuseppe Pacini (b. 1992), Italian footballer
  • Filippo Pacini (1812-1883), Italian anatomist, posthumously famous for isolating the cholera bacillus Vibrio cholerae in 1854
  • Giovanni Pacini (1796-1867), Italian composer, best known for his operas
  • Émilien Pacini (1811-1898), 19th-century French librettist
  • Simone Pacini (b. 1981), Sammarinese footballer
  • José Mauricio Pacini (b. 1976), Argentine footballer who plays for Platense F.C. in the Honduran national league


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q3-S6K : 6 December 2014), Santi Pacini, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name Duca d'Aosta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QW-64W : 6 December 2014), Alfredo Pacini, 24 Dec 1919; citing departure port Montevideo, Uraguay, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Crofton Hall, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q4-3MW : 6 December 2014), Eva Pacini, 24 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W9-TML : 6 December 2014), Velia Pacini, 30 Jun 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name Belvedere, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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