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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pasco research. Another 354 words (25 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.


More information is included under the topic Early Pasco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Pasco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pasco, who landed in New York in 1840


  • Duane Pasco (b. 1932), American from Alaska and Seattle, He is a highly regarded Native-style artist
  • Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida Democratic State Committee, 1872-80; Florida Democratic State Chair, 1876-88; Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 1880-90
  • Alvin Pasco (1908-1980), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1956
  • 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)
  • 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


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The Pasco Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pasco 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.

This page was last modified on 12 November 2015 at 10:32.

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