The name Piccirilli 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 Piccirilli family
The surname Piccirilli 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 Piccirilli family
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Piccirilli Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pica, Picarella, Picariello, Picarelli, Picini, Picarini, Picasso, Picapra, Picalei, Picardi and many more.
Early Notables of the Piccirilli family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Piccirilli family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rocca Pica, age 14, who arrived in American on March 1, 1880, aboard the "Ethiopia"; Angelo Pica, age 23, who arrived in America on May 6, 1881, aboard the ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Piccirilli (post 1700)
- Thomas Piccirilli (1965-2015), American novelist and short story writer, four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, finalist for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award