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Origins Available: Italian
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Manuel Guillermo Pinto (1783-1853), Argentine general
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- Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
- Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
- Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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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