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 surname Petrini came from the personal name Pietro, which is itself from the Latin "Petrus," and the Greek "Petros," meaning "rock."
The surname Petrini was first found in throughout Italy, although they most frequently appear in the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Sicily. One line of Petroni di Siena were on record from the 13th century.
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Prominent among members of the family was Riccardo Petroni, a Cardinal in Siena in 1313; Cola Petruccioli, a painter in Perugia in 1401 whose works can be seen at the Cathedral... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petrini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.