The distinguished surname Pantaleoni can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people 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. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Pantaleoni came from Saint Pantaleo.
Early Origins of the Pantaleoni family
The surname Pantaleoni was first found in 1004, when the Pantaleoni family moved from Greece to Venice
. The name became a popular personal name
in the times before surnames in part due to the popularity of Saint Pantaleon, who lived in the 4th century, in present day Turkey.
Early History of the Pantaleoni family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pantaleoni research.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1286, 1275 and 1872 are included under the topic Early Pantaleoni History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pantaleoni Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Pantaleoni include Pantaleo, Pantaleone, Pantaleoni, Pantalone, Pantaloni and many more.
Early Notables of the Pantaleoni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Marco Pantalei, a judge in 1275 who was of the early Venetian settling family. The Pantaleo family in Taranto was among the nobility in the city, and individuals of this family were registered... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pantaleoni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pantaleoni family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Pantaleoni or a variant listed above include: Aida Pantaleo, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Sulmona, Italy, in 1924; Alberto Pantaleo, aged 10, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Sulmona, Italy, in 1910.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pantaleoni (post 1700)
- Hewitt Pantaleoni (1929-1988), American ethnomusicologist, best known for his work on African music
- Helen Tradusa "Helenka" Adamowska Pantaleoni (b. 1900), Polish American silent film actress and humanitarian, founding director of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF
- Romilda Pantaleoni (1847-1917), Italian soprano
- Maffeo Pantaleoni (1857-1924), Italian economist