Show ContentsPietrantonio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Pietrantonio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. 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. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Pietrantonio came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Pietrantonio family

The surname Pietrantonio was first found in the city of Pavia, where records are found in 1040 with Manfredi and Arizzone Pietra, feudal Lords of the territories of Pietra, Bissone, and Costa.

Early History of the Pietrantonio family

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Pietrantonio 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 Pietrantonio include Pietri, Petri, Petris, Pedri, Pieri, Pero, Pierri, Pierro, Perris, Peire, Peiro, Peyro, De Pietri, De Pietro, Di Pietro, Di Pietro, De Petris, De Pero, Depero, Di Pierro, Petrich, Petric, Petrovich, Petrovic, Perich and many more.

Early Notables of the Pietrantonio family

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Cecco di Pietro, (c. 1330-1402), Italian painter of the Pisan School, date of birth cannot be confirmed, some mention of working with the painter Paolo di Lazzarino in 1350; Francesco Petrarca, or Petrarch, considered to be one of the four great Italian poets, Born in Florence in the 14th century, one of his most famous poems is entitled "Il Canzoniere"; Other bearers of this name from this era include: Riccardo Petroni, a Cardinal in Siena in 1313; Cola Petruccioli, a painter in Perugia in 1401 whose works can be seen at...
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United States Pietrantonio migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Pietrantonio arrived in North America quite early:

Pietrantonio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cristiano Pietrantonio, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
Pietrantonio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gallo Pietrantonio, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Cerrinara, in 1902
  • Domenico Pietrantonio, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Casacalenda, Italy, in 1906
  • Agata Pietrantonio, aged 24, who landed in America from Pettnano, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Pietrantonio, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Lettomanoppello, Italy, in 1911
  • Francesco Pietrantonio, aged 4, who landed in America from Montorio, Italy, in 1911
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