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Where did the Italian Pico family come from? What is the Italian Pico family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pico family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pico family history?

The name Pico 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pica, Picarella, Picariello, Picarelli, Picini, Picarini, Picasso, Picapra, Picalei, Picardi and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pico research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Pico History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pico Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pico Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Teresa Pico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1813
  • R Pico, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1853
  • Francisco Pico, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1880

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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Pico Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pico 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 17 January 2013 at 07:43.

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