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The distinguished surname Peraza 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 Peraza came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.


The surname Peraza 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.

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Peraza. These spelling variations include 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peraza research. More information is included under the topic Early Peraza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Peraza:

Peraza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabel Peraza, who landed in America in 1811
  • Ines Peraza, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Asa Peraza, who landed in Peru in 1854
  • Agustin Peraza, aged 30, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857
  • Jose Peraza, aged 40, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857

  • Tamara Larrea Peraza (b. 1973), Cuban gold and silver medalist beach volleyball player at the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games
  • Oswald José Peraza (b. 1962), Venezuelan Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1988
  • Enrique Caballero Peraza (b. 1959), Mexican politician, physician and psychologist
  • Cosme de la Torriente y Peraza (1872-1956), Cuban soldier, politician, lawyer and statesman, President of the League of Nations from 1923 until 1924
  • Carlos Enrique Castillo Peraza (1947-2000), Mexican journalist and politician, President of the National Action Party (1993–1996), recipient of the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor in 2007
  • Armando Peraza (b. 1924), Cuban Latin jazz percussionist

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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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    The Peraza Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Peraza 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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