During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic
system of surname creation, as it complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Petrocelli came ultimately from the personal name
Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word "petrus" meaning "rock."
Early Origins of the Petrocelli family
The surname Petrocelli was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the first on record appears to be Domenico Petrucci, in 1439. His son Cesare was an administrator in Prato in 1470; and Cesare's son, Nicolo was an ambassador to the imperial court in Rome in 1491. There was a powerful family of this name in Siena in the 15th century. From the Petrucci di Pesaro family line, Donato, Francesco and Giambattista Petrucci were all ennobled by the Polish king Giovanni III in 1680.
Early History of the Petrocelli family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petrocelli research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1466, 1490, 1512, 1517, 1539, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Petrocelli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petrocelli Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Petrucci, Petrucelli, Petrocelli, Petrocchi and others.
Early Notables of the Petrocelli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pandolfo Petrucci (c.1450-1512), ruler of the city of Siena and one of the most powerful men in Itlay; Alfonso Petrucci (c.1490-1517), Italian... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petrocelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petrocelli family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Federico Petrucci, age 17, who arrived at New York on Nov. 19, 1886 aboard the "Britannia"; Franco Petroccelli, who arrived in America on Oct. 24, 1889.
Contemporary Notables of the name Petrocelli (post 1700)
- Daniel M. Petrocelli, American defense attorney
- Americo Peter Petrocelli (b. 1943), American Major League Baseball player