Petronella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 surname Petronella came from the personal name Pietro, which is itself from the Latin "Petrus," and the Greek "Petros," meaning "rock."
Early Origins of the Petronella family
The surname Petronella 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.
Early History of the Petronella family
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Petronella Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Petroni, Petronella, Petrella, Petrelli, Petronilla and many more.
Early Notables of the Petronella family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Petronella family
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 ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Petronella (post 1700) +
- Petronella Johanna Maria Godefrida "Elly" Blanksma-van den Heuvel (b. 1959), Dutch politician and former banking manager, Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2006-2012)
- Petronella Muns (1794-1842), one of the first Western woman to have set foot in Japan in August 1817 despite the ban of western women
- Petronella "Nel" van Vliet (1926-2006), Dutch two-time gold medalist breaststroke swimmer, inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1973)
- Petronella Johanna de Timmerman (1723-1786), Dutch poet and scientist
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