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Perricone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Perricone family

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

Early History of the Perricone family

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Perricone Spelling Variations

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 Perricone 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.

Early Notables of the Perricone family (pre 1700)

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 the castle of Pia in 1408. The Peralta family in Sicily possessed over 8 feudal territories, and 11 other lands. Guglielmo Peralta was President of Sicily as well as Grand Chancellor and Treasurer. Also prominent was a Peretti of Montalto, who in 1585 was elected Pope with the new name...
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Migration of the Perricone family to the New World and Oceana

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

Perricone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Perricone, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from Palermo, in 1900
  • Anna Perricone, aged 23, who landed in America from Termini, in 1904
  • Anna Maria Perricone, aged 24, who settled in America from Lucca Sirula, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfonso Perricone, aged 4, who settled in America from C. Giovanni, Sicily, in 1907
  • Antonio Perricone, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Burgio, Sicily, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Perricone (post 1700)

  • Charles R. Perricone, American politician, 67th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives (1999-2000)
  • Michael Perricone, American sound engineer, musician and television writer
  • Nicholas Perricone MD, American dermatologist who has written several books

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