Pileggi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Pileggi family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Pileggi family lived near a column or post that often served as a landmark for travelers. The surname Pileggi is derived from the Italian word pila, which means pillar or column.
Early Origins of the Pileggi family
The surname Pileggi was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where in 1172 Pilli was Councillor in the government of Florence. The powerful Pilli family of Florence were Lords of many castles and territories, and avid supporters of the Ghibeline faction.
Early History of the Pileggi family
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Pileggi Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Pileggi include Pili, Pilis, Pilli, Pilo, Pillo, Pilona, Piloni, Pileggi and many more.
Early Notables of the Pileggi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaetano Pilli was mayor of Orvieto in 1229; Ranieri Pilli took over this position in 1298. From this family came 7 priests between 1288 and 1524...
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Migration of the Pileggi family
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Pileggi: Teresa Pillonati, age 32, who arrived in America on June 26, 1893, aboard the "Werra".
Contemporary Notables of the name Pileggi (post 1700) +
- Nicholas Pileggi (b. 1933), American producer, author and screenwriter
- Mitchell Craig "Mitch" Pileggi (b. 1952), American actor, best known for his role as Walter Skinner on The X-Files
- Dominic F. Pileggi (b. 1957), American Republican politician, Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania, 1999-2000; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 9th District, 2001-04; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 
- Caroline Pileggi (b. 1977), Australian gold, two-time silver medalist weightlifter at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
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