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
Early History of the Pellegrini family
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Pellegrini Spelling Variations
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)
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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
Contemporary Notables of the name Pellegrini (post 1700)
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