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The name Picca 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.

Picca Early Origins



The surname Picca was 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.

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Picca Spelling Variations


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Picca Spelling Variations



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

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Picca Early History


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Picca Early History



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

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Picca Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Picca Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Picca Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Girolamo Picca, aged 24, who arrived in America from Molfetti, Bari, Italy, in 1908
  • Giuseppe Picca, aged 33, who arrived in America from Farini d'Olmo, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Picca, aged 24, who arrived in America from Paesana, Italy, in 1910
  • Domenica Picca, aged 56, who arrived in America from Pipemio, Italy, in 1912
  • Francesco Picca, aged 7, who arrived in America from Santinno, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Picca (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Picca (post 1700)



  • Joe Picca (1919-1979), American piano accordion composer and accordion shop owner in Bound Brook, New Jersey
  • Giovanni Picca (1840-1910), Italian painter and scenographer
  • Luis María Aguilera Picca (1936-2009), Argentine singer, songwriter and actor

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Picca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Picca 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 22:48.

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