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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pinto family. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Pinto is a name for a person with a speckled or dark complexion. The surname Pinto is largely found in the south of Italy and in some cases, it may be derived from the word pinto, which, in the Neapolitan dialect, means turkey or bird, and might have referred to one who boasted or strutted like this bird.

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The surname Pinto was first found in Salerno with Landulfo Pinto, a judge in the province in the 13th century.

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Pinto include Pinto, Pinti, Lo Pinto, La Pinta, Pintus. and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinto research. More information is included under the topic Early Pinto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Ugone Pinto, a soldier in Salerno in 1270; Giulio-Cesare Pinto was Lord of the castle of Salerno in 1560; Annibale Pinto was a Colonel of the troops in the war of Ostia in 1576. Many religious men also emerged from this...

Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Pinto:

Pinto Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Francisco Pinto who immigrated to Dominican Republic in 1538
  • Baltasar Pinto who came to Chile in 1555
  • Alejo Pinto who arrived in Venezuela in 1591

Pinto Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Pinto, who landed in New York, NY in 1716
  • Joseph Jesurum Pinto, who landed in New York, NY in 1766

Pinto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonia Ritta Pinto who came to Philadelphia in 1811
  • Hernan Pinto, who landed in America in 1812
  • Domingo De Pinto, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Pedro Pinto, who landed in America in 1814
  • Juan Pinto, who arrived in New Spain in 1834
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Pinto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alessandro Pinto, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from S. Nicola, Italy, in 1906
  • Adelina Pinto, aged 8, who landed in America from St. Nicolie, Italy, in 1907
  • Aencdeo Pinto, aged 6, who settled in America from Castell. Stabia, Italy, in 1910
  • Addolorata Pinto, aged 24, who landed in America from Bovino, Italy, in 1916
  • Adelina Pinto, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1920
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  • Rudy Pinto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004
  • Nicholas Howard Pinto, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1924; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York at-large, 1932
  • Joseph A. Pinto, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 24th District, 1962
  • John L. Pinto, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 17th District, 2008
  • Frank J. Pinto, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from McDowell County, 1940
  • Dan Pinto (b. 1960), American composer, keyboardist and drummer-percussionist
  • Germán Serrano Pinto (1940-2016), Costa Rican politician, Vice President of Costa Rica (1990-1994)
  • Ricardo Pinto (b. 1961), UK-based Portuguese computer game programmer and fantasy author
  • Octavio Pinto (1890-1950), Brazilian composer
  • Sérgio Sousa Pinto (b. 1972), Portuguese politician
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    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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