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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 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 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 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    4. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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    The Petrarca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petrarca 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 11:34.

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