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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Pecoraro. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Pecoraro family lived in the Pecorara valley, where the Pecora family held vast lands and resided in an elegant feudal manor.


The surname Pecoraro was first found in the city of Piacenza, which lies almost on the border between Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy. Records are found with Marco, Guisengo, Albrigono and Vitore Pecoraria in 1160. This family took their name from the Pecorara valley, over which they had some possession.

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 Pecoraro include Pecora, Pecori, Peguri, Pecorella, Pecorelli, Pegoretti, Pecorino, Pecorini, Pegorin, Pecorai, Pecoraro, Pecorari, Pecoraria, Pegoraro and many more.


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


Prominent among members of the family was Iacopo del Pecora, a 14th century Tuscan poet who wrote love sonnets and many works with prevalent spiritual themes. His best work is considered to be "Fimerodia," a poem modelled on Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia." Pecorario dei Pecorari was mayor of Mercato...

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A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pecoraro:

Pecoraro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agata Pecoraro, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1897

Pecoraro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agustino Pecoraro, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Palermo, in 1900
  • Angelo Pecoraro, aged 23, who landed in America from Godrano, in 1902
  • Angelo Pecoraro, aged 16, who settled in America from Vicari, in 1902
  • Antoninio Pecoraro, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Bagheria, in 1902
  • Andrea Pecoraro, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Graguano, in 1903
  • ...

  • Yolanda 'Yolie' Pecoraro (b. 1985), American actress
  • Charlie Pecoraro (b. 1980), Italian American stage, television, and film actor
  • Thomas W. Pecoraro, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 2000
  • Gregory Pecoraro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000, 2004, 2008; Presidential Elector for Maryland, 2000; Member of Democratic National Committee from Maryland, 2004-08
  • Elio Pecoraro (b. 1967), retired Italian professional football player who played from 1985 to 1993
  • Alfonso Pecoraro (b. 1959), Italian politician, Minister of the Environment (2006-2008), Minister of Agriculture (2000-2001)
  • Susú Pecoraro (b. 1952), Argentine film and television actress

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    Other References

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    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bascapč, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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    The Pecoraro Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pecoraro 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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