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 Palmerini. 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. Palmerini 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 Palmerini is an occupational
name for a person who carries palm branches in processions. The surname Palmerini is a common occupational name for a pilgrim or cleric who frequently a carried a palm branch. The surname Palmerini is derived from the Old French word "palmier," which meant "cleric" in Medieval times.
Early Origins of the Palmerini family
The surname Palmerini 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.
Palmerini 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 Palmerini are Palmieri, Palmiero, Palmeri, Palmerio, Palmerini, Palmarini, Palmarino, Palmarìn and many more.
Early Notables of the Palmerini 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 Palmerini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Palmerini 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 Palmerini or a variant listed above: Agostino Palmieri, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Faicchio, Italy, in 1910; Alberto Palmieri, aged 43, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Faicchio, Italy, in 1920.