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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Parisi. 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 Parisi family lived in Sicily.

Parisi Early Origins



The surname Parisi 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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Parisi Spelling Variations


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Parisi 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 characteristi c. 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 Parisi include Parigi, Parisi, Parise, Pariso, Parisio, Paris, Parissi, Parisse, Parigini, Parisini, Parisotti, Parisotto, Parisetti, Parisani, Parisato and many more.

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Parisi Early History


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Parisi Early History



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

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Parisi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parisi 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 Parisi 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 Parisi arrived in North America very early:

Parisi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adrian Parisi, aged 42, arrived in Michigan in 1846-1856

Parisi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agostino Parisi, aged 30, who landed in America from Palermo, Italy, in 1909
  • Alberto Parisi, aged 24, who landed in America from Furnari, Messina, in 1909
  • Achelle Parisi, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Bovalino, Italy, in 1910
  • Alberto Parisi, aged 22, who settled in America from Fumari, Italy, in 1911
  • Agatriso Parisi, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Nizza Siente, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parisi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parisi (post 1700)



  • Joseph E. Parisi (1913-1990), American politician, New York State Senator (1945-1948)
  • Joseph T. "Joe" Parisi (b. 1960), American politician, 5th Executive of Dane County (2011-)
  • Sabrina A. Parisi (b. 1980), Italian-American celebutante, television personality, socialite
  • Louis Parisi, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1936
  • Leonard V. Parisi, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1956
  • Joseph E. Parisi (1913-1990), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1942; Member of New York State Senate 14th District, 1945-48
  • Joseph C. Parisi Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000
  • Helen R. Parisi, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1956
  • Gaetano Parisi, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Gaetano Parisi, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1904
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    7. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Parisi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parisi 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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