A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Picciano. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany
. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal
System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Picciano came from the name Puccio, which is a variation of names such as Filippuccio and Iacopuccio.
Early Origins of the Picciano family
The surname Picciano was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany
, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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 first notable family was the Pucci del Chassolino in 1108, and the Pucci detti Scarapucci in 1342. They were notable cavalieres. Records also show that Puccio di Benintendi Pucci lived in Florence as early as 1264.
Early History of the Picciano family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Picciano research.Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1526, 1609, 1685, 1540, 1593, 1531, 1547 and 1544 are included under the topic Early Picciano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Picciano Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Picciano. These spelling variations
include Pucci, Puccio, Puccioni, Puccinotti, Pucciarelli, Puccianti and many more.
Early Notables of the Picciano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Placido Puccinelli (1609-1685), a Cassinese monk, a historian and scholar from Pescia. Francesco Pucci (1540-1593), was an Italian theological writer... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Picciano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Picciano family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Picciano were Donato Pucciarelli and Antonio Pucci, who sailed aboard the Orsola, arriving in New York from Palermo March 8, 1882; as well as Antonio Pucciarelli and Antonio Pucciarello, who arrived in New York on july 25, 1896 aboard the S.S. Olympia..
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