From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pellegrini 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 Pellegrini is a name for a pilgrim having derived from the Latin name peregrinus, which means stranger or foreigner.
Early Origins of the Pellegrini family
The surname Pellegrini was first found in 1129 with Papiro Pellegrino, from a noble family in Palermo.
Early History of the Pellegrini family
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Pellegrini 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 Pellegrini include Pellegrino, Pellegrini, Pellegrìn, Pellerini, Pellegrin, Pellerino, Pellegrinelli, Pellegrinetti, Pellegrinotti and many more.
Early Notables of the Pellegrini 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. Valerio Pellegrini of Carrara was mayor of Sassuolo in 1570; Vincenzo Pellegrini was a 17th century composer from Pesaro who served as choirmaster at the Milan Cathedral 20 years. Felice Pellegrini was a... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pellegrini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pellegrini family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Pellegrini:
Pellegrini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- A. Pellegrini, aged 21, who landed in America from Loncarna, in 1902
- Abramo Pellegrini, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Tscigliano, in 1903
- Adelina Pellegrini, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Parma, Lombarby, in 1910
- Arduino Pellegrini, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Coreglia, (Lucca), Italy, in 1912
- Adele Pellegrini, aged 21, who landed in America from Caprino, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pellegrini (post 1700)
- Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), Anglo-Italian caricaturist from Capua, Italy
- Stefano Pellegrini (1953-2018), Italian professional footballer who played 147 matches from 1970 to 1980
- Valeriano Pellegrini (1663-1746), Italian soprano castrato
- Federica Pellegrini (b. 1988), Italian swimmer
- Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675-1741), Italian painter
- Carlos Pellegrini (1846-1906), Argentine president
- Manuel Pellegrini (b. 1953), Chilean football manager and former player
- Thalia Pellegrini (b. 1978), British TV Presenter
- Domenico Pellegrini Giampietro (1899-1970), Italian academic, economist, lawyer and politician
- Luigi Pellegrini Scaramuccia (1616-1680), Italian painter
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