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Where did the Italian Pica family come from? What is the Italian Pica family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pica family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pica family history?

The name Pica is derived from the central southern Italian word "pica" meaning a "magpie;" as such, it was likely originally a nickname for a gossipy or wordy person.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Pica, Picarella, Picariello, Picarelli, Picini, Picarini, Picasso, Picapra, Picalei, Picardi and many more.

First found in Treviso anciently Tarvisium, a town in Venetia, capital of the province of Treviso. The cathedral of San Pietro is notable and dates back to 1141. It is classical style with seven domes with works by many notable painters and sculptors. The Piazza dei Signori has many palaces. In the 6th century this town was a seat of a Lombard duke. Charlemagne held it. Later it was Venetian. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The name is taken from Picardy, a region in Northern France; it would have been given to a man who came to Italy from Picardy, which explains the higher concentration of the name in the north; France is north-west of Italy; so Tuscany would be one of the first places in Italy that someone coming from France would pass through, especially if they were coming by sea to avoid crossing the mountains.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pica research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Pica History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pica Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pica Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rocca Pica, age 14, who arrived in America on March 1, 1880, aboard the "Ethiopia"
  • Angelo Pica, age 23, who arrived in America on May 6, 1881, aboard the "Caldera"
  • Camillo Pica, age 15, who arrived in America on April 26, 1882, aboard the "Scandinavia"
  • Maddalena Pica, age 36, who arrived at New York on May 29, 1884, aboard the "Gottardo"
  • Giovanni Pica, age 33, who arrived in New York on Dec. 9, 1885, aboard the "Burgundia"


  • Teresa P. Pica, American professor of education at University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education
  • Pierre Pica (b. 1951), American research associate at the National Center for Scientific Research
  • Joe Pica (1923-1973), American pianist nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keys"
  • Tina Pica (1884-1968), Italian supporting actress who played character roles on stage
  • Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Pica Serrano (1933-2014), Spanish actor, known for Delusions of Grandeur (1971), Travels with My Aunt (1972) and The Killer with a Thousand Eyes (1974)


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The Pica Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pica 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 22 June 2015 at 22:37.

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