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.
Early Origins of the Piccolo family
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.
Early History of the Piccolo family
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.
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 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 Piccolo include Piccoli, Piccolo, Del Piccolo, Lo Piccolo, Lopiccolo, Piccolini, Piccolino, Piccolin, Piculin, Piccolellio, Piccolotto, Piccolomo and many more.
Early Notables of the Piccolo 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... 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.
Migration of the Piccolo family to the New World and Oceana
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"
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
- Frank A. Piccolo, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District; Elected 1960
- Arthur Piccolo, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of New York City, New York, 2005
- 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