A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Passa. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany
. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal
System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Passa would literally mean "the son of Paci" which is originally Latin in origin and means peace.
Early Origins of the Passa family
The surname Passa was first found in the town of Mugello, with the Passerini family who moved south to Florence in the 10th century.
Early History of the Passa family
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Passa Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Passa include Passarelli, Passarello, Passareli, Passarelo, Pasucci, Passucci, Pasino, Pasini, Passanini, Pasolini, Pasolino, Passaglia, Passana, Passano, Passani, Passari, Passarini, Passaro, Paselli, Pascucci, Passazi, Passega, Passera, Passeri, Passerini, Passeroni, Passerotti, Passetti, Passi, Passa, Passighetti, Pasella, Pasero, Pasetti, Pasi and many more.
Early Notables of the Passa family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pietro di Giacomo Paselli, mayor of Perugia in 1440; Pope Innocenzo IV granted Guido Pasi of Rimini the position of Bishop of Nocera at this time; Filippo Pasini was a prominent archaeologist in Ferrara; Ottonello Pasini was considered to be one of the wisest... Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Passa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Passa family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Passa: Angela Passalacqua, aged 54, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Bauso, Messina, in 1909; Angelantonio Passalacqua, aged 12, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Pizzoferrato, in 1899.