The Pilla 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 Pilla family lived near a column or post that often served as a landmark for travelers. The surname Pilla is derived from the Italian word pila, which means pillar or column.
Early Origins of the Pilla family
The surname Pilla 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 Pilla family
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Pilla Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Pilla are Pili, Pilis, Pilli, Pilo, Pillo, Pilona, Piloni, Pileggi and many more.
Early Notables of the Pilla 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... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pilla family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Pilla: Teresa Pillonati, age 32, who arrived in America on June 26, 1893, aboard the "Werra".
Contemporary Notables of the name Pilla (post 1700)
- Anthony Michael Pilla (b. 1932), American prelate, Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland
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