Piccoli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of family names, including the name of the distinguished Piccoli family. Surnames in this region, came into being during the Middle Ages: As populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany began to find it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. The surname Piccoli is derived from the Italian word "piccolo," which means "small;" and as such, it is generally considered to have been a nickname surname, that is, a name that was created from a physical or personal characteristic of a person. The most common type of family name found in Tuscany was the patronymic surname, a name created from the father's given name; however the nickname type of surname was not uncommon. Piccoli was a patronymic or plural form of Piccolo.

Early Origins of the Piccoli family

The surname Piccoli was first found in Siena Province, Tuscany, where a family of this name was found from the 10th century, with the prestigious and powerful Piccolomini family, at the head of which was Piccolomo Piccolomini.

Early History of the Piccoli family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piccoli research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1439, 1503, 1508, 1493, 1525, 1529, 1574, 1673, 1599 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Piccoli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Piccoli Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Piccoli include Piccoli, Piccolo, Del Piccolo, Lo Piccolo, Lopiccolo, Piccolini, Piccolino, Piccolin, Piculin, Piccolellio, Piccolotto, Piccolomo and many more.

Early Notables of the Piccoli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Antonello Piccolo, Lord of the castle of Ovo in Naples; Ottavio Piccolomini (1599-1656), an Italian nobleman, received a military education as a young boy, became a...
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United States Piccoli migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Piccoli were found:

Piccoli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Placido Piccoli, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856 [1]
  • Antonio Piccoli, who arrived in New York on May 24, 1884, aboard the "Alesia"
  • Pietro Piccoli, age 28, who arrived in New York on May 16, 1885, aboard the "Indipendente"
  • Camillo Piccoli, age 27, who arrived in New York on Feb. 12, 1886, aboard the "Burgundia"

Contemporary Notables of the name Piccoli (post 1700) +

  • Terese S. Piccoli, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 28th District, 1980
  • Robert E. Piccoli, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Oakland, New Jersey, 2007
  • Nino Piccoli, Italian racing driver
  • Mariano Piccoli (b. 1970), Italian former road bicycle racer
  • Nestor Omar Piccoli (b. 1965), former Argentine football player
  • Ivan Piccoli (b. 1981), Italian professional footballer
  • Anselmo Piccoli (1915-1992), Argentine abstract artist
  • Michel Piccoli (b. 1925), French actor

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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