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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of family names, including the name of the distinguished Piccolo 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 Piccolo 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.

Piccolo Early Origins



The surname Piccolo 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.

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Piccolo Spelling Variations


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Piccolo 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 characteristi c. 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 Piccolo include Piccoli, Piccolo, Del Piccolo, Lo Piccolo, Lopiccolo, Piccolini, Piccolino, Piccolin, Piculin, Piccolellio, Piccolotto, Piccolomo and many more.

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Piccolo Early History


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Piccolo Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piccolo research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1439, 1503, 1508, 1493, 1525, 1529, 1574, 1673, 1599 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Piccolo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Piccolo Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Piccolo Early Notables (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...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piccolo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Piccolo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G. Piccolo, age 35, who arrived in America on July 6, 1883, aboard the "India"
  • Luigi Piccolo, age 32, who arrived in America on, April 20, 1888, aboard the "Cachemire"
  • Raffaele Piccolo, age 37, who arrived in America on May 5, 1891, aboard the "Chandernagor"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Piccolo (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Piccolo (post 1700)



  • Louis Brian Piccolo (1943-1970), American professional football player for the Chicago Bears who died of germ cell testicular cancer, subject of the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song
  • Ottavia Piccolo (1949-1962), Italian theatre and film actress who has appeared in 45 films since 1962
  • Felice Piccolo (b. 1983), Italian football player
  • Tony Piccolo (b. 1960), Australian politician, Labor member for the electoral district of Light

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    11. ...

    The Piccolo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Piccolo 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 7 December 2016 at 08:11.

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