Panetta 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 Panetta. 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. Panetta 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 Panetta is an occupational name for a a baker, or someone who sold bread having been derived from the Italian word "pane," which means "bread" and from the Latin "panis," with the root of the meaning being derived from the verb "to feed or nourish."

Early Origins of the Panetta family

The surname Panetta was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. Earliest records are found with the famous and powerful Panico family, with Count Alberto in 1068.

Important Dates for the Panetta family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Panetta research. More information is included under the topic Early Panetta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Panetta 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 Panetta are Pane, Pani, Lo Pane, Lopane, Panelli, Panello, Panella, Panetti, Panetta, Panozzo, Panacci, Paniccia, Panizza, Pannain, Panormo, Pandone, Panizzi, Paniza, Panizzoni, Panini, Pannini, Panici, Panico and many more.

Early Notables of the Panetta family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Ugolino Panico, Lord of over 20 territories during the 13th century; Porcelio Pandone, a humanist in Naples in 1405; Franceschino and Francesco Panizzoni were famous doctors in Florence during the 15th century; Francesco Panizzoni was mayor of Candia di Lomellina in 1487; Marsiglio Panizzoni was mayor of Piacenza in 1400; Giambattista Pannini was a Count, was Duke of Mantua, as well as a...
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Panetta migration to the United States

An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Panetta or a variant listed above:

Panetta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelo Panetta, aged 43, who landed in America from Andretta, Italy, in 1904
  • Antonino Panetta, aged 24, who landed in America from Riziconi, Italy, in 1911
  • Amelia Panetta, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Rodi, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonio Panetta, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Bruzzano, Italy, in 1912
  • Allesandro Panetta, aged 18, who landed in America from Caserta, Italy, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Panetta (post 1700)

  • James Varni Panetta (b. 1969), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (2017-)
  • Michael Joseph "Mike" Panetta (b. 1971), American politician, Shadow Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the District of Columbia (2007-2013)
  • Francesco Panetta (b. 1963), former Italian long-distance runner
  • Leon Edward Panetta (b. 1938), former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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