Hereditary family names gradually came into usage in Italy beginning in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian
were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The surname Petronella came from the
Pietro, which is itself from the Latin "Petrus," and the Greek "Petros," meaning "rock."
The surname Petronella was first found in throughout Italy, although they most frequently appear in the southern Italian regions of Puglia and
. One line of Petroni di Siena were on record from the 13th century.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Florindo Petroni, who settled in California in 1888; Frank Petrella, who came to New York sometime between 1884 and 1925; Francisco Petrenella of Calvello, Italy, who arrived at Ellis Island
on Nov 8, 1900 aboard the ".