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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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
Parisi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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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