The distinguished surname Pennetta originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Pennetta family lived in one of several places in Italy named Penna.
Early Origins of the Pennetta family
The surname Pennetta was first found in 1189, when Alessio Penna was created Cardinal by Pope Clemente III.
Early History of the Pennetta family
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Pennetta Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Pennetta include Penna, Penni, Pa Penna, Papenna, Penne, Penella, Pennelli, Penniello, Pennacchi, Pennario, Pennarella, Pennarelli, Pennarola, Pennetta, Pennetti, Pennino, Pennini, Pennone, Pennoni, Pennacci, Pennazzi, Pennese and many more.
Early Notables of the Pennetta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Penna, Senator of Rome in 1364; Girolamo Pennacchi, a 15th century painter from Treviso whose most famous work stands in the Brera Gallery in Milan and is entitled "Pietà." Other works can be seen in Venice
and Treviso. Lucas de Penna (Luca da... Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pennetta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pennetta family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Pennetta name or one of its variants: Rich Penne, who arrived in Virginia in 1648; Adolfo Pannone, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Yinfurmo, Italy, in 1904; Alessandro Pannone, aged 16, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Morrone, Italy, in 1920.