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The distinguished surname Peralta can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Peralta came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.


The surname Peralta was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont), where Giuseppe Peracchio, was listed as a brave soldier during the 11th century.

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 Peralta include Perri, Peri, Perrico, Perotti, Perotta, Perracco, Perracho, Perrachino, Perrachini, Peracchio, Perrachio, Perotti, Perricone, Peracca, Perachis, Peracini, Peraga, Perazzo, Peralta, Peralto, Perolto, Peretti, Peretto, Perini, Perino and many more.


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Prominent among members of the family was Niccol Perolto, a 15th century humanist from Fano who specialized in Latin and Greek translation. Antonio and Pietro Peracchio received the castle of Pieve di Livone in 1536; from this same family, Antonio and Michele Peracchio were officially recognized as noblemen and were given...

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Immigrants bearing the name Peralta or a variant listed above include:

Peralta Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Ana de Peralta who immigrated to Nicaragua in 1563
  • Bernardina de Peralta who landed in Ecuador in 1579
  • Cristobal de Peralta who arrived in Peru in 1594

Peralta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fernando De Peralta, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bernardina De Peralta, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Pedro Peralta, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821
  • A Peralta, aged 40, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Juan De Peralta, who landed in New Spain in 1834
  • ...

  • Sergeant Rafael Peralta (1979-2004), American soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross
  • Thomas Peralta, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 74th District, 1978
  • Bernice Peralta, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Alfred C. Peralta, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Stacy Peralta (b. 1957), American professional skateboarder, team surfer, entrepreneur, and film and television director
  • Arnold Fabián Peralta Sosa (1989-2015), Honduran footballer
  • Sebelio Peralta Álvarez (1939-2014), Roman Catholic bishop, Bishop of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo (1990-2008) and San Lorenzo (since 2009
  • Joel Peralta Gutiérrez (b. 1976), Dominion Republic Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • María Teresa de Larraín y Guzmán Peralta (1785-1840), former First Lady of Chile and wife of President Agustín Eyzaguirre
  • Gonzalo Peralta (b. 1980), Argentine footballer
  • ...

  • Luis Maria Peralta and his Adobe by Frances L. Fox.

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    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Peralta Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Peralta 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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