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Where did the Italian Pinto family come from? What is the Italian Pinto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pinto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pinto family history?

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.


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.

First found in Salerno with Landulfo Pinto, a judge in the province in the 13th century.


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.


Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

  • 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

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


  • Dan Pinto (b. 1960), American composer, keyboardist and drummer-percussionist
  • Octavio Pinto (1890-1950), Brazilian composer
  • George Pinto (1785-1806), English composer and keyboard virtuoso
  • Ricardo Pinto (b. 1961), UK-based Portuguese computer game programmer and fantasy author
  • Sérgio Sousa Pinto (b. 1972), Portuguese politician
  • Carlos Mota Pinto (1936-1985), Portuguese politician
  • José María Orellana Pinto (1872-1926), former President of Guatemala (1921-1926)
  • João Domingos Pinto (b. 1961), retired Portuguese footballer and coach
  • Manuel Guillermo Pinto (1783-1853), Argentine general


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The Pinto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pinto Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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