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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Parisani. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Parisani family lived in Sicily.

Parisani Early Origins



The surname Parisani was first found in before the Norman invasion of the 10th and 11th centuries. Gualterio Parisio, who was Governor of Paris, France, arrived in Sicily with the Norman princes in 998.

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Parisani Spelling Variations


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Parisani Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Parisani include Parigi, Parisi, Parise, Pariso, Parisio, Paris, Parissi, Parisse, Parigini, Parisini, Parisotti, Parisotto, Parisetti, Parisani, Parisato and many more.

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Parisani Early History


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Parisani Early History



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

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Parisani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parisani Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Buongiovanni Parisani, a priest and mayor of Tolentino in 1304; Giovanni-Antonio Parisani was Bishop of Fano in 1420; at this time Ascanio Parisani was Bishop of Cajazzo, and then made Cardinal by Pope Paolo III. the Parigi family in Florence, from...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parisani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Parisani arrived in North America very early: Aantonio Parisi, aged 31, who arrived at Ellis Island from Palamonte, Italy, in 1913; Abramo Parisi, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island from Napoli, Italy, in 1913.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
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    The Parisani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parisani Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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