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Where did the Italian Pesci family come from? What is the Italian Pesci family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pesci family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pesci family history?

Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Pesci. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Pesci is a common occupational name for a fisherman. The surname Pesci is derived from the Italian word pesce, which is itself derived from the Latin word piscis, which means fish. The surname Pesci is also a nickname type of surname for a person who resembled a fish.


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The Pesci Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pesci 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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