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.
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In the United States, the name Pagano is the 5,025th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name.  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.