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."
Early Origins of the Petrarca family
The surname Petrarca was first found in "del Valdarno superiore" where the name goes back to the 13th century.
Early History of the Petrarca family
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Petrarca Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Petrarca family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petrarca family to the New World and Oceana
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 ".
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