From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of family names, including the name of the distinguished Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto family
The surname Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto include Piccoli, Piccolo, Del Piccolo, Lo Piccolo, Lopiccolo, Piccolini, Piccolino, Piccolin, Piculin, Piccolellio, Piccolotto, Piccolomo and many more.
Early Notables of the Piccolotto 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 Piccolotto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Piccolotto family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Piccolotto were found: Antonio Piccoli, who arrived in New York on May 24, 1884, aboard the "Alesia"; Camillo Piccoli, age 27, who arrived in New York on Feb. 12, 1886, aboard the ".