Show ContentsPeluso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Peluso 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 Peluso family

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Peluso Spelling Variations

There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Peluso are Pelosi, Pelusi, Peloso, Pelos, Peluso, Piluso, Pelosini, Pelosin, Pillosi, Pilloso, Piloso, Pelati, Pellati, Pilati and many more.

Early Notables of the Peluso family

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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Peluso Ranking

In the United States, the name Peluso is the 9,787th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Peluso migration to the United States +

Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Peluso family to immigrate North America:

Peluso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonso Peluso, aged 17, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1903
  • Alfonso Peluso, aged 53, who landed in America from Naples, in 1905
  • Adolfo Peluso, aged 17, who immigrated to America from Lago, Italy, in 1909
  • Alberico Peluso, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Sesto Campano, Italy, in 1909
  • Adelina Peluso, aged 0, who landed in America from Castiglione, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Peluso (post 1700) +

  • Chris Peluso (1983-2023), American Broadway star, known for his roles in “Mamma Mia!," “Wicked,” “Assassins,” “Lestat,” “The Glorious Ones” and “Beautiful”
  • Mike "Loose" Peluso (b. 1974), American former professional ice hockey right winger
  • Christopher Peluso (b. 1986), American ice hockey defenseman
  • Lisa Peluso (b. 1964), American soap opera actress
  • Tony Peluso (1950-2010), American guitarist and record producer
  • Michael David Peluso (b. 1965), American former professional ice hockey player
  • Federico Peluso (b. 1984), Italian football player
  • Anthony Peluso (b. 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Deanna C. C. Peluso (b. 1980), Canadian musician, composer, music educator, author and researcher
  • Antonio Cezar Peluso (b. 1942), Brazilian jurist

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