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Paganelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Italian Paganelli surname is thought to derive from the personal name Pagano, from the Latin word "paganus," meaning "village dweller."

Early Origins of the Paganelli family


The surname Paganelli was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) in 1119 when Ugone Pagano, was a prominent figure at that time.

Early History of the Paganelli family


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Paganelli 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 Paganelli include Pagani, Pagano, Pagan, Pagana, Paganelli, Paganetti, Paganetto, Paganini, Paganino, Paganin, Paganucci, Paganuzzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Paganelli family (pre 1700)


Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Gregorio Pagani (1558-1605), Italian painter of the late Mannerist period, active mainly in Florence. He was the son of the painter Francesco Pagani; Pope Eugenio III, of the Paganelli family of Florence, who was elected in 1145; Federico Pagana, elected Doge...
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Migration of the Paganelli family to the New World and Oceana


Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Paganelli: Basilica Paganelli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852; Amelia Pagani, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island from Como, Italy, in 1910; Anacleto Pagani, aged 17, who arrived at Ellis Island from Magliano, Italy, in 1912.

Contemporary Notables of the name Paganelli (post 1700)


  • Robert Peter Paganelli (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, 1974-77; Syria, 1981-84
  • Carl Paganelli, American football official in the National Football League
  • Laurent Paganelli (b. 1962), former French footballer

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