The Pisa 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 Pisa family lived in the city of Pisa in Tuscany.
Early Origins of the Pisa family
The surname Pisa was first found in Tuscany
(Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy, where the Pisani family, counts who moved to Venice
from Pisa in 905.
Early History of the Pisa family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pisa research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Pisa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pisa 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 Pisa include Pisa, Pisani, Pisano, Pisan, Pisanu, Pisanelli, Pisanello, Pisaniello, Pisaneschi, Pisari and many more.
Early Notables of the Pisa family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Nicola Pisano, one of the most famous Italian sculptors in history. Born in 1200, his primary material was marble, and some of his most outstanding works are in the Baptistery in Pisa. Giovanni Pisano, his son, also became a sculptor as well as an... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pisa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pisa family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Pisa:
Pisa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diego De Pisa, who landed in Peru in 1834 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)