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Where did the Italian Passarella family come from? What is the Italian Passarella family crest and coat of arms? When did the Passarella family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Passarella family history?

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


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 Passarella 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.

First found in the town of Mugello, with the Passerini family who moved south to Florence in the 10th century.


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

Passarella Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ang. Maria Passarella, aged 32, who emigrated to America from Anzi, in 1903
  • Angelo Passarella, aged 20, who landed in America from Campobasso, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Passarella, aged 27, who settled in America from Prata Sannth, Italy, in 1911
  • Antinio Passarella, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Caserta, Cervino, Italy, in 1911
  • Angela Passarella, aged 20, who landed in America from Condro, Sicily, in 1912


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  10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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The Passarella Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Passarella 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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