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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pagliaro family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Pagliaro is a name for a person who frequently wore a straw hat or who had straw colored hair. The name Paglia is derived from the Italian word paglia, which means straw.


The surname Pagliaro was first found in within early records of the Pagliara family, who were nobility in Salerno and were Lords of seven feudal territories.

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 Pagliaro include Paglia, Pagli, Paggia, Paglietta, Paietta, Paiola, Paiotta, Paglicci, Pagliocca, Pagliuca, Paglione, Pagliaini, Pagliarini, Pagliazzi, Pagliai, Pagliaro, Pagliari, Pagliara, Paggiaro, Paggiarin, Pagliarolo, Pagliaroli, Pagliarani, Pagliarulo, Paglieri, Paiero, Pairo, Paglianti, Paglionico and many more.


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Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Paglia family in Giovinazzo, a town on the Adriatic sea on the southern tip of the peninsula. Gualtiere Pagliara was Chancellor of the Empire of Enrico VI in Sicily; also...

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Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Pagliaro:

Pagliaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Pagliaro, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Cusano Tonio, in 1898

Pagliaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Pagliaro, aged 15, who landed in America from Ariano, in 1903
  • Angelo Pagliaro, aged 20, who landed in America from Alvito, Caserta, in 1910
  • Angelo Pagliaro, aged 22, who landed in America from Palaqiano, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonia Pagliaro, aged 38, who settled in America from Pietramelara, Italy, in 1912
  • Adamo Pagliaro, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Guglionesi, Italy, in 1913
  • ...

  • Louis "Lou" Pagliaro (1919-2009), American table tennis player, known by his nicknames "Bullet Lou", "Dynamite Louie" and "Giant Killer", inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979
  • Frank Joseph Pagliaro Jr. (b. 1940), American Republican politician, Candidate for California State Assembly, 1970; Member of California Republican State Central Committee, 1970-73
  • Genny Caterina Pagliaro (b. 1988), Italian gold and four-time bronze medalist weightlifter
  • Michel Armand Guy Pagliaro (b. 1948), Canadian Juno Award nominated rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Montreal

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    Other References

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    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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    The Pagliaro Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pagliaro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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