The Persico surname is derived from the Italian word "persico," which means "peach tree," (from the Latin "persica"). As a surname, Persico may have been taken on by someone who lived near a peach tree or, as a habitational name, taken on from any of the numerous places named with this word in various parts Italy.
Early Origins of the Persico family
The surname Persico was first found in Chieti, a city of Abruzzi. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Persico family
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Early Notables of the Persico family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Persico family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicola Persico, age 46, who arrived in America on May. 6, 1881, aboard the "Caldera"; Berardino Persico, age 22, who arrived at Boston on April 1, 1893, aboard the ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Persico (post 1700)
- Joseph E. Persico (b. 1930), American author
- Ignatius Persico (1823-1896), Italian Franciscan clergyman, who worked in India, Canada, and America, and was made a Cardinal in 1893
- Edoardo Persico (1900-1936), Italian architect and critic
- Enrico Persico (1900-1969), Italian physicist, professor at the University of Turin
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