personal name Pagano, from the Latin word "paganus," meaning "village dweller."
Early Origins of the Paganinni family
Early History of the Paganinni family
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Paganinni 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 Paganinni include Pagani, Pagano, Pagan, Pagana, Paganelli, Paganetti, Paganetto, Paganini, Paganino, Paganin, Paganucci, Paganuzzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Paganinni 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 Paganinni family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Paganinni: 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.
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