Show ContentsPapandrea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Papandrea. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Papandrea is a common occupational name for a person who was in some way associated with an ecclesiastical office, either as an employee or as a Father. The surname Papandrea is derived from the Italian word papa, which means Father or Pope.

Early Origins of the Papandrea family

The surname Papandrea was first found in 1116 in Mirandola with Guido Papazzoni.

Early History of the Papandrea family

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Papandrea 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 Papandrea are Papa, Lo Papa, Papotto, Papaccio, Papazzo, Papallo, Papadomenico, Papadonno, Papajanni, Pappaianni, Papaleo, Papaleone, papalenoi, Papalìa, Papaluca, Papandrea, Papapietro, Papazzoni, Papacoda, Papacizza, Papadia, Papafava, Papareschi, Papaivano, Paparusso, Papasergio and many more.

Early Notables of the Papandrea family

Prominent among members of the family was Papa family in Piedmont, Counts of Costigliole in 1280; The Papacizza family was of Paduan nobility in 1311. The Papacoda family in Naples was of the noble class and possessed 30 feudal territories and much other land. Alfonso Papacoda was an Admiral under ruler Carlo I d'Angi; Artusio Papacoda founded the church of Saint Giovanni Evangelista and the chapel of San Nicol...
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United States Papandrea migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Papandrea were found:

Papandrea Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Papandrea, aged 57, originally from Motta S. Giova, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Nazareno Papandrea, aged 22, originally from Messina, Italy, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Guglielmo Pierce" from Naples, Italy [1]
  • Luigi Papandrea, aged 24, originally from Procida, Italy, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Mafalda Albina Papandrea, aged 16, originally from Candidoni, Italy, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Napoli, Italy [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Papandrea (post 1700) +

  • James "Jim" L. Papandrea (b. 1963), American Roman Catholic theologian, historian, author, speaker
  • Bruna Papandrea (b. 1971), Australian film producer

  1. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook