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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.

Pastor Early Origins



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

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Pastor Spelling Variations


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Pastor Spelling Variations



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.

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Pastor Early History


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Pastor Early History



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.

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Pastor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pastor Early Notables (pre 1700)



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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pastor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pastor (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Pastor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 July 2014 at 09:37.

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