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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pelosi family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 Piedmont 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 Pelosi is a name for an hirsute individual whose hair or beard was long and thick. The Italian surname Pelosi is derived from the word peloso, which means hirsute.

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The surname Pelosi was first found in Savigliano, a town south of the prosperous city of Turin. Tancredi Pillosi, a descendant of an ancient family of Lords, is recorded as living in Savigliano in 1179.

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 Pelosi include Pelosi, Pelusi, Peloso, Pelos, Peluso, Piluso, Pelosini, Pelosin, Pillosi, Pilloso, Piloso, Pelati, Pellati, Pilati and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelosi research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1738 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Pelosi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelosi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pelosi, or a variant listed above:

Pelosi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alfonso Pelosi, aged 17, landed in New York in 1899

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  • Nancy Pelosi (b. 1940), the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • Alexandra Pelosi (b. 1970), American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer
  • Salvatore Pelosi (1906-1974), Italian Naval officer who fought in World War II, recipient of the Gold Medal of Military Valor
  • Claudio Pelosi (b. 1966), Italian footballer


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  6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  7. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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  10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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The Pelosi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pelosi 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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