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Early Origins of the Pagano family

The surname Pagano was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. First found in Sicily, the names is believed to be of Norman descent and probably settled during the Norman occupation of Sicily from 1260 to the 14th century.

Early History of the Pagano family

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Pagano Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pagano, Pagan, Pagani, Paganinni, Paganini and many more.

Early Notables of the Pagano family

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was

  • Pagano of Sicily

Pagano Ranking

In the United States, the name Pagano is the 5,025th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Pagano is ranked the 8,034th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]


United States Pagano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pagano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Porzia Pagano, aged 32, originally from Bernalda, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Duca d'Aosta" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Vincenza Pagano, aged 5, originally from Bernalda, Italy, who arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Europa" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Angela Pagano, aged 64, originally from Palo Colle, Italy, who arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Europa" from Napoli, Italy [3]
  • Antonina Maria Pagano, aged 27, originally from Grotte, Sicily, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Patria" from Palermo, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pagano (post 1700) +

  • Patsy Pagano, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 16th District, 1954
  • Lindsay Grace-Marie Pagano (b. 1986), American singer
  • Scott Pagano, American video artist, filmmaker, and motion designer
  • Maria Grazia Pagano (1945-2022), Italian teacher and politician, she served in the Senate of the Republic from 1992 to 2006 and in the European Parliament from 2008 to 2009
  • Mario Pagano (1748-1799), Italian controversial author, jurisconsult and man of letters
  • Giuseppe Pagano (1896-1945), Italian architect
  • Bartolomeo Pagano (1878-1947), Italian motion picture actor
  • Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig, Italian architect


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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