Origins Available: Italian
, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Palmeri. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them 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. Palmeri was a surname derived from an occupation
surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal
era. The surname Palmeri is an occupational
name for a person who carries palm branches in processions. The surname Palmeri is a common occupational name for a pilgrim or cleric who frequently a carried a palm branch. The surname Palmeri is derived from the Old French word "palmier," which meant "cleric" in Medieval times.
Early Origins of the Palmeri family
The surname Palmeri was first found in Piedmont
, Umbria, Pisa, Bologna, Florence, Naples, and Siena. one of the first on record was Benedetto Palmieri, a Norman Baron
who helped conquest Sicily
with his 80 knights. After the victorious battle, he received the castle of Naro and the territories of Canicatti and Ravanusa.
Palmeri Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Palmeri are Palmieri, Palmiero, Palmeri, Palmerio, Palmerini, Palmarini, Palmarino, Palmarìn and many more.
Early Notables of the Palmeri family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Riccardo Palmieri, elected Grand Chancellor of the Two Sicilies, and Bishop of Siracusa and Archbishop of Messina in 1183. Andrea-Matteo Palmieri was Archbishop of Acerenza and of Matera, and eventually became Cardinal; of the same family were Benedetto Palmieri, Archbishop of Salerno, and Leonardo... Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Palmeri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Palmeri family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Palmeri or a variant listed above:
Palmeri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfonsa Palmeri, aged 50, who settled in America from Valledolmo, in 1901
- Alfonso Palmeri, aged 14, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1902
- Andrea Palmeri, aged 27, who settled in America from Partanna, Italy, in 1906
- Andrea Palmeri, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from S.Gppe Yato, Italy, in 1906
- Alfredo Palmeri, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Mellfi, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Palmeri (post 1700)
- Frankie Palmeri, American musician, founding member of Emmure, an American metalcore band