Show ContentsPerasso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Perasso can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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 Venice 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 Perasso came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Perasso family

The surname Perasso was first found in the city of Pavia, where records are found in 1040 with Manfredi and Arizzone Pietra, feudal Lords of the territories of Pietra, Bissone, and Costa.

Early History of the Perasso family

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Perasso 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 Perasso are Pietri, Petri, Petris, Pedri, Pieri, Pero, Pierri, Pierro, Perris, Peire, Peiro, Peyro, De Pietri, De Pietro, Di Pietro, Di Pietro, De Petris, De Pero, Depero, Di Pierro, Petrich, Petric, Petrovich, Petrovic, Perich and many more.

Early Notables of the Perasso family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Cecco di Pietro, (c. 1330-1402), Italian painter of the Pisan School, date of birth cannot be confirmed, some mention of working with the painter Paolo di Lazzarino in 1350; Francesco Petrarca, or Petrarch, considered to be one of the four great Italian poets, Born in Florence in the 14th century, one of his most famous poems is entitled "Il Canzoniere"; Other bearers of this name from this era include: Riccardo Petroni, a Cardinal in Siena in 1313; Cola Petruccioli, a painter in Perugia in 1401 whose works can be seen at...
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United States Perasso migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Perasso

Perasso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Giovanni Perasso, aged 30, who landed in America from Nerione, Italy, in 1908
  • Pancrazio Perasso, aged 14, who settled in America from Solvano, Italy, in 1910
  • Domenica Perasso, aged 16, who landed in America from Silvano, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Perasso, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Silvan d'orba, Italy, in 1910
  • Beatrice Perasso, aged 11, who settled in America from Solvano, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Perasso (post 1700) +

  • Jacob J. Perasso, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 2000 [1]
  • Emilio Perasso, Argentine rugby union coach, President of the Unión Argentina de Rugby

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook