Pacitti History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pacitti 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 Pacitti family

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

Early History of the Pacitti family

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Pacitti Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Pacitti 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 Pacitti 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 Pacitti migration to the United States +

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pacitti:

Pacitti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Letizia Pacitti, aged 4, originally from Castelli, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pesaro" from Genoa, Italy [1]
  • Giacinto Pacitti, aged 17, originally from Vilalatine, Italy, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Roussillon" from Le Havre, France [2]
  • Antonio Pacitti, aged 23, originally from Villalatina, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Canada" from Naples, Italy [3]
  • Michele Pacitti, aged 31, originally from Cerasuolo, Italy-USA, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Taormina" from Napoli, Italy [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pacitti (post 1700) +

  • Joanna Pacitti (b. 1984), American singer and lead vocalist in the band City (Comma) State
  • Tércio Pacitti (b. 1928), Brazilian electronic engineer and computer scientist, three-time recipient of the Ordem do Mérito

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Louis J. Pacitti, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [5]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64X-B3L : 6 December 2014), Letizia Pacitti, 17 Sep 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name Pesaro, 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:J6H8-LYD : 6 December 2014), Giacinto Pacitti, 17 Dec 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, France, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Roussillon, 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:J6ZK-BJ4 : 6 December 2014), Antonio Pacitti, 25 Jun 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Canada, 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:J6ZL-84Q : 6 December 2014), Michele Pacitti, 04 Jun 1920; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Taormina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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