Pelusi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Pelusi family

The surname Pelusi 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.

Early History of the Pelusi family

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Pelusi Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Pelusi include Pelosi, Pelusi, Peloso, Pelos, Peluso, Piluso, Pelosini, Pelosin, Pillosi, Pilloso, Piloso, Pelati, Pellati, Pilati and many more.

Early Notables of the Pelusi family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Pelusi family

Pelusis were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Agostino Pelosi, aged 25 who arrived at Ellis Island in 1895; Angelo Michele Pelosi, aged 19 who arrived at Ellis Island in 1895; and Antonio Pelosi aged 35 who arrived at Ellis Island in 1894.. on Facebook