Palli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Palli surname is derived from the Italian word "palla," which meant "cannon ball." Thus Palli is generally thought to have originally been an occupational name for a someone person who made shot or cannon balls.

Early Origins of the Palli family

The surname Palli was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy where the Palloti di Roma were located. Various families of different lines rooting from this surname were located in Piedmont, Venice, Rome, Messina, Milan, Bologna, and Palermo. Among them were the Pallotta di Macerata, Pallota di Messina, Pallotti del Pemonte. Palladio di Vincenza, Palla di Firenze.

Early History of the Palli family

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Palli Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Palli. These spelling variations include Pallotta, Pallota, Palotta, Palota, Palaini, Palaoni, Palaone, Palloni, Pallone, Paloschi, Palladio, Pallai, Pallieri, Pallio, Pallia, Palli and many more.

Early Notables of the Palli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Adriano Palladino (1610-1680), Italian painter of the Baroque era; Andrea Palladio, a famous architect born in Padua in 1508 whose accomplishments include the church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, and numerous monuments in Vicenza, such as the famous Villa Rotunda. Vicenza is called "the city of Palladio" as a result of the many designs by the architect. Biagio Pallai, was a humanist who lived around 1550, was secretary to Popes Clement VII and Paul III and became Bishop of Foligno. Giovanni Battista...
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United States Palli migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Palli or a variant listed above include:

Palli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter Palli, aged 38, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Raymond Palli, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Bordeaux, France [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Palli (post 1700) +

  • Angeliki Palli (1798-1875), Greek-Italian writer, translator and early feminist
  • Anne Marie Palli (b. 1955), French professional LPGA golfer




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