Pallotta History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Pallotta family

The surname Pallotta 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 Pallotta family

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Pallotta 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 Pallotta. 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 Pallotta 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 Pallotta migration to the United States +

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

Pallotta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N. Pallotta, age 27, who arrived in America on May 5, 1881, aboard the "Galatia"
  • Cristoforo Pallotta, age 25, who arrived in New York on March 23, 1883, aboard the "Burgundia"
  • Anna Pallotta, age 27, who arrived in New York on June 30, 1886, aboard the "Burgundia"
  • Willie Pallotta, who landed in Mississippi in 1894 [1]
Pallotta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonso Pallotta, aged 25, who settled in America from Apolloza, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Pallotta, aged 17, who landed in America from Aquila, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Pallotta, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Padula, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Pallotta, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Apollosa, Italy, in 1910
  • Andrea Pallotta, aged 58, who immigrated to America from Guardisregio, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pallotta (post 1700) +

  • Tommy Pallotta (b. 1968), American film director and producer
  • Giovanni Battista Maria Pallotta (1594-1668), Italian Cardinal (Catholicism)
  • Leonida Mario Pallotta (b. 1910), Italian professional football player
  • Guglielmo Pallotta (1727-1795), Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal
  • Gabriella Pallotta (b. 1938), Italian film actress


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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