Passano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Passano. 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 Passano would literally mean "the son of Paci" which is originally Latin in origin and means peace.

Early Origins of the Passano family

The surname Passano was first found in the town of Mugello, with the Passerini family who moved south to Florence in the 10th century. Terranova dei Passerini is a comune in the Province of Lodi in the Italian region Lombardy about 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Milan.

Important Dates for the Passano family

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Passano Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Passano 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 Passano 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 men in Padua in the 14th century; of this Pasini family was also the famous Antonio Pasini, a doctor and poet whose best work is considered to be the Latin poem "Ferronia." Stefano Pasino was a 17th century composer and organist in Brescia and in 1651 became choirmaster and organist...
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Passano migration to the United States

Early records show that people bearing the name Passano arrived in North America quite early:

Passano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carendo Guiseppe Passano, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Geadole, in 1899
Passano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carmela Passano, aged 24, who settled in America from S. Bartolin Galilo, in 1903
  • Francesco Passano, aged 25, who landed in America from Isola Liri, Italy, in 1912
  • Eduardo Passano, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from Gibraltar, in 1914
  • Angiolino Passano, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Angiolino Passano, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Passano (post 1700)

  • Edward Boetler Passano, American businessman and benefactor, Chairman of the Board of Williams & Wilkins Co, founder of the Passano Foundation in 1943; over twenty Passano Foundation Laureates have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize
  • María Alejandra Ana Da Passano (1947-2014), Argentine actress of film, stage and television
  • Mario Passano (1925-1995), Argentine film actor and tango performer
  • Ricardo Passano (1922-2012), Argentine actor

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