Pasco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pasco surname is derived from the Italian word "pasqua," which means "Easter," the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Christ. As a surname, Pasco was most likely originally a nickname for a person who was born on Easter day. The word "pasqua" is derived from the ecclesiastical Latin word "Pascha," which in turn comes from the Greek "Pascha" and the Hebrew "Pesah" (through the Aramaic "Pisha"). Pesah was the holiday which celebrated the liberation of the people of Israel from the slavery in Egypt and coincided with the Christian holiday.

Early Origins of the Pasco family

The surname Pasco was first found in the area of Venice, although branches of this surname are found in Genoa, Naples, Sicily, Ferrara, Florence, Bologna and Siena.

Early History of the Pasco family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pasco research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1559, 1599, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Pasco History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pasco Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DiPasqua, Pasca, Paschetti, Paschetto, Paschi, Paschini, Pasco, Pascolit, Pascolato, Pascoletti, Pascoli, Pascolini, Pascolo, Pascolutti, Pascot, Pascotti, Pascucci, Pasculli, Pascutti, Pascutto, Pascuzzi, Pascuzzo, Pasqua, Pasquati, Pasquato, Pasquazzo, Pasquelli, Pasquetti, Pasqui, Pasquasi, Pasquinelli, Pasquini, Pasquino, Pasquinucci, Pasquinuzzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Pasco family (pre 1700)

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United States Pasco migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pasco Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pasco, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
Pasco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Pasco, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]

Australia Pasco migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pasco Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Pasco, (b. 1841), aged 20, Cornish cook departing from Soton on 9th June 1861 aboard the ship "Atalanta" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 31st August 1861 [2]

New Zealand Pasco migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pasco Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Louisa Pasco, (b. 1847), aged 28, Cornish settler departing on 1st February 1875 aboard the ship "Cicero" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th May 1875 [3]
  • Mr. Richard Pasco, (b. 1847), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing on 1st February 1875 aboard the ship "Cicero" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th May 1875 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pasco (post 1700) +

  • Duane Pasco (b. 1932), American from Alaska and Seattle, He is a highly regarded Native-style artist
  • B Lynn Pasco (b. 1943), American Foreign Service officer and Ambassador to Malaysia (1998- )
  • Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), American (b. in London, England), Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Florida (1886-87)
  • Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Florida Democratic State Committee, 1872-80; Florida Democratic State Chair, 1876-88; Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 1880-90 [4]
  • Alvin Pasco (1908-1980), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1956 [4]
  • Rowanne Pasco, British Roman Catholic editor, writer and reporter
  • Isabelle Pasco (b. 1966), French actress and model
  • Richard Edward Pasco (b. 1926), CBE, is a British stage, screen and TV actor
  • John Pasco (1774-1853), British Rear Admiral who served in the Royal Navy between 1784 and 1853
  • Pasco Schiavo, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hazleton, Pennsylvania, 1933 (acting, 1933) [5]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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