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Hereditary family names gradually came into usage in Italy beginning 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 was the patronymic surname, derived from the father's given name. The surname Petrarca came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word "petrus" meaning "rock."

Petrarca Early Origins



The surname Petrarca was first found in "del Valdarno superiore" where the name goes back to the 13th century.

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Petrarca Early History


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Petrarca Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petrarca research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1304, 1341, and 1374 are included under the topic Early Petrarca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petrarca Spelling Variations


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Petrarca Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Petrarca, Petrarcha, Petrarchi and others.

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Petrarca Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Petrarca Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petrarca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Giovanni Petrarca, who arrived in New York on April 23, 1883, aboard the "Brittania"; C. Petrarca, who arrived in New York on May 4, 1886 aboard the "Australia".

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Contemporary Notables of the name Petrarca (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Petrarca (post 1700)



  • David Petrarca (b. 1962), American director and producer of theatre, television, and film
  • Private First Class Frank J Petrarca (1918-1943), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Peter John Petrarca, American politician, member of the Rhode Island state House of Representatives (2002-)
  • Steven Petrarca, American television actor
  • Bruno Petrarca (b. 1906), Italian boxer

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