, 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 Pastorelli. 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
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 Pastorelli is a common occupational name for a shepherd. The surname Pastorelli 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.
Early Origins of the Pastorelli family
The surname Pastorelli was first found in Syracuse in 1332, when Corrado Pasturella, who was elected to the Sicilian government.
Early History of the Pastorelli family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pastorelli research. More information is included under the topic Early Pastorelli History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Pastorelli Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Pastorelli include Pastore, Pastori, Pastor, Pastoressa, Pasturella, Pastorio, Pastoris, Pastorius, Pastorello, Pastrello, Pastorelli, Pastorella, Pastorino and many more.
Early Notables of the Pastorelli family (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 Pastorelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pastorelli family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pastorelli:
Pastorelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Gabriele Pastorelli, aged 25, who arrived in America from Leporano, Italy, in 1907
- Giuseppe Pastorelli, aged 33, who arrived in America from Hinnano, Italy, in 1910
- Amedco Pastorelli, aged 24, who arrived in America from Manduria, Italy, in 1910
- Carlo Pastorelli, aged 3, who arrived in America from Casorate, Italy, in 1911
- Francesco Pastorelli, aged 26, who arrived in America from Roccaforte, Italy, in 1911
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Pastorelli (post 1700)
- Robert Joseph Pastorelli (1954-2004), American actor, known for his roles in Murphy Brown (1988), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Michael (1996), and Modern Vampires (1998)
- Romain Pastorelli (b. 1983), French professional footballer
- Nicky Pastorelli (b. 1983), Dutch race car driver