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.
Early Origins of the Picca family
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.
Early History of the Picca family
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Picca Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pica, Picarella, Picariello, Picarelli, Picini, Picarini, Picasso, Picapra, Picalei, Picardi and many more.
Early Notables of the Picca family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Picca family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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