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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Peloso 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 Peloso 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.


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


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


Prominent among members of the family was Publio Pilati, who moved from Lombardy to Sicily for career reasons. Many of his descendants became prominent judges and lawyers in Sicily. In the 18th century this family inherited the title...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peloso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

Peloso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Domenico Peloso, aged 46, who landed in America from Migliano, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Peloso, aged 36, who landed in America from Coseano, Italy, in 1909
  • G. Battista Peloso, aged 20, who landed in America from Torre Faretani, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Peloso, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Copeano, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Peloso, aged 21, who landed in America from Melfi, Italy, in 1912
  • ...

  • Tom Peloso, American musician, member of the indie rock band Modest Mouse

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    Other References

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    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Peloso Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Peloso 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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