A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Passarelli. 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 Passarelli would literally mean "the son of Paci" which is originally Latin in origin and means peace.
Early Origins of the Passarelli family
The surname Passarelli 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 Passarelli family
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Passarelli Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Passarelli. These spelling variations
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 Passarelli 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 Passarelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Passarelli family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Passarelli were
Passarelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Francecso Passarelli, aged 29, originally from Genoa, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "San Gennaro" from Genoa, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67D-82G : 6 December 2014), Francecso Passarelli, 12 Nov 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name San Gennaro, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Rosaria Passarelli, aged 16, originally from Rende, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WW-TNY : 6 December 2014), Rosaria Passarelli, 01 Dec 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Emanuele Passarelli, aged 11, originally from Matera, Italy, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Madonna" from Naples, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HX-X4F : 6 December 2014), Emanuele Passarelli, 19 Dec 1920; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Madonna, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Passarelli (post 1700)
- Kenny Passarelli (b. 1949), American fretless bass player, founding member of Barnstorm
- Eduardo Passarelli (1903-1968), Italian film actor who appeared in 43 films between 1937 and 1962
- Diego Matías Passarelli (b. 1984), Argentine footballer
- Pasquale Passarelli (b. 1957), German gold medalist wrestler at the 1984 Summer Olympics
- Claudio Passarelli (b. 1965), German gold medalist wrestler at the 1989 World Championships