The Italian surname Pergolesi is derived one of several place-names Pergola found in Italy. The Italian word "pergola" comes from the Latin "pergula," and refers to a path with a roof trellis work that supports climbing plants.
The surname Pergolesi was first found in the town of Cingoli in the region of Marche, where the ancestors of the Pergoli family date back to the eighth century. They were made counts by decorated by the Pope Pius VIII.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Pergola, who arrived in America on Nov. 3, 1880 aboard the "France"; Concetta Pergola, who arrived in New York on Sept. 4, 1884 aboard the ".