From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pellegrinelli family. 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 were 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 given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Pellegrinelli is a name for a pilgrim having derived from the Latin name peregrinus, which means stranger or foreigner.
Early Origins of the Pellegrinelli family
The surname Pellegrinelli was first found in 1129 with Papiro Pellegrino, from a noble family in Palermo.
Early History of the Pellegrinelli family
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Pellegrinelli Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Pellegrinelli include Pellegrino, Pellegrini, Pellegrìn, Pellerini, Pellegrin, Pellerino, Pellegrinelli, Pellegrinetti, Pellegrinotti and many more.
Early Notables of the Pellegrinelli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Pellegrino Pellegrini, mayor of Recanati in 1420, and later, of Macerata. Pompeo Pellegrini was a famous doctor from Bologna around 1540; Matteo Pellegrini, from the same noble Bolognese family, was a philosopher, and founded the `Accademia della Notte', a philosophical group... Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pellegrinelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pellegrinelli family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Pellegrinelli: Iunecenzo Pellegrini, who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1851, Michele Pellegrino, who sailed on the S.S. Italia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on March 2, 1913, Lorenzo Pellegrino, who arrived in New York in 1891 aboard the SS Anglia, as well as Giovanni Pellegrini, who was Naturalized in Indiana between the years 1856-1904..