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Palmiero History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Venice, 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 Palmiero. 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. Palmiero was a surname derived from an occupation. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. The surname Palmiero is an occupational name for a person who carries palm branches in processions. The surname Palmiero is a common occupational name for a pilgrim or cleric who frequently a carried a palm branch. The surname Palmiero is derived from the Old French word "palmier," which meant "cleric" in Medieval times.

Early Origins of the Palmiero family


The surname Palmiero 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.

Palmiero 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 Palmiero are Palmieri, Palmiero, Palmeri, Palmerio, Palmerini, Palmarini, Palmarino, Palmarìn and many more.

Early Notables of the Palmiero 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...
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Migration of the Palmiero 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 Palmiero or a variant listed above:

Palmiero Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gaetano Palmiero, aged 36, who landed in America from Italy, in 1903
  • Ma. Grazia Palmiero, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Colle Sarmita, in 1904
  • Giov. Battista Palmiero, aged 19, who settled in America from Cusano Mutea, in 1906
  • Annunciatia Palmiero, aged 27, who settled in America from Casertia, Italy, in 1907
  • Carmine Palmiero, aged 33, who landed in America from Marcianise, Italy, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Palmiero (post 1700)


  • Amy Palmiero -Winters (b. 1972), American amputee who currently holds eleven world records in various track events, recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award (2010)

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