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Sicily, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Pastor. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Pastor is a common occupational name for a shepherd. The surname Pastor is derived from the Italian word pastore, which literally means shepherd. It originally comes from the Latin words pastorius or pastorino, which means pastor. This surname appeared in several places at the same time and spread rapidly because a shepherd is one of the most popular and oldest occupations of the world.


The surname Pastor was first found in Syracuse in 1332, when Corrado Pasturella, who was elected to the Sicilian government.

There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Pastor are Pastore, Pastori, Pastor, Pastoressa, Pasturella, Pastorio, Pastoris, Pastorius, Pastorello, Pastrello, Pastorelli, Pastorella, Pastorino and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pastor research. More information is included under the topic Early Pastor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Gerardo Pasturella, Senator in Lentini and Governor of the region of Sicily in 1429. Girolamo Pastorio was made a Knight of Castiglione in 1664 by Prince Ferdinando Gonzaga. The Pastorio family in Mantua...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pastor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Pastor:

Pastor Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Francisco Pastor who immigrated to Dominican Republic in 1536
  • Mateo Pastor who came to New Spain in 1561
  • Juan Pastor who arrived in Peru in 1591

Pastor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Pastor who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Antonio Pastor, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Celeste Pastor, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Celeste Pastor, who came to New Orleans in 1813
  • Wathins Pastor, aged 19, landed in New Orleans, La in 1822
  • ...

  • Tony Pastor (1837-1908), American variety performer and theater owner
  • Tony Pastor (1907-1969), Italian-American singer and saxophonist
  • George Pastor, American professional soccer player
  • Ed Pastor (b. 1943), American politician from Arizona; U.S. representative
  • Edward Lopez "Ed" Pastor (b. 1943), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona (1991-)
  • Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor (1982-2014), Filipino racing driver who died from gunshot wounds after motorcycle-riding gunmen ambushed his truck
  • Frank Pastor (b. 1957), East-German footballer
  • Ernesto Pastor (1892-1921), Puerto Rican bullfighter
  • Aurelio Pastor, Peruvian politician and congressman
  • Toon Pastor (b. 1929), Netherlands Olympic boxer
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Pastor Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pastor 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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