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 (pre 1700)
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