The Italian Paganini surname is thought to derive from the personal name
Pagano, from the Latin word "paganus," meaning "village dweller."
Early Origins of the Paganini family
The surname Paganini 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 Paganini family
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Paganini 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 Paganini include Pagani, Pagano, Pagan, Pagana, Paganelli, Paganetti, Paganetto, Paganini, Paganino, Paganin, Paganucci, Paganuzzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Paganini 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... Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paganini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Paganini family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Paganini: 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.