The Pignataro surname is derived from the Italian word "pignatta," meaning "a pot;" and as such, it is thought to have been an occupational
name for a potter.
Early Origins of the Pignataro family
The surname Pignataro was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), a city in Emilia capital of the province of Modena. It became Roman in 215 B.C. It was successfully defended by Brutus against Mark Anthony. It changed hands many times between Church and Duchy. In 1859 the inhabitants declared in favor of unity with the Kingdom of Italy. The Ducal Palace is a notable. Rich in art the city has many museums and galleries. 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 was in itself a family honor. The family is described in Modena as being originally of Ravenna 1370, a noble family of Forli a town in Emilia capital of the province of Forli. Believed to be built over the ancient Forum Livii. The Church of S.Mercuriale is notable. By the 16th century they were cavaliers when Giacomo was a captain in the army.
Early History of the Pignataro family
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Pignataro Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pignatti, Pinotti, Pagnatto, Pinotto, Pignatta, Pignataro, Pignatelli, Pignatiello, Pignattaro, Pinetti, Pinotti, Pinat and many more.
Early Notables of the Pignataro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giambattista Pignatelli, an early sixteenth-century Italian riding master who had influence on the development of dressage; Stefano Pignatelli (1578-1623), an Italian... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pignataro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pignataro family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alvero Penado, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829; Santiago Penado, who settled in New Orleans in 1839; Christopher H. Pin, who arrived in Galveston, TX in 1841.
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