Show ContentsPisano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pisano 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 Pisano family lived in the city of Pisa in Tuscany.

Early Origins of the Pisano family

The surname Pisano 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 Pisano family

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Pisano Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Pisano. These spelling variations include Pisa, Pisani, Pisano, Pisan, Pisanu, Pisanelli, Pisanello, Pisaniello, Pisaneschi, Pisari and many more.

Early Notables of the Pisano family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Nicola Pisano, one of the most famous Italian sculptors in history...
  • Giovanni Pisano, his son, also became a sculptor as well as an architect, and worked with his father on the pulpit of the Cathedral at Siena...

Pisano Ranking

In the United States, the name Pisano is the 7,946th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Pisano migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pisano were

Pisano Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Pisano, who arrived in America, in 1769, as a bonded passenger
Pisano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gaitano Pisano, who was Naturalized in Ashtabula County, Ohio between the years 1875-1906
  • Umberto and Filomena Pisano, who arrived at the port of New York in 1893
  • Alfonso Pisano, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1896
Pisano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonso Biagio Pisano, aged 41, who landed in America from Serre, Italy, in 1906
  • Alesfandro Pisano, aged 17, who landed in America from Conturzi, in 1907
  • Agostino Pisano, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Briatico, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfonso Pisano, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Prata, Italy, in 1911
  • Agostino Pisano, aged 19, who settled in America from Naso, Messina, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pisano (post 1700) +

  • Joel A. Pisano (b. 1949), United States federal judge
  • Albert P Pisano, professor of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Vittore Pisano (1380-1456), erroneous name of Italian painter Pisanello
  • Nicola Pisano (1225-1284), Italian sculptor
  • Leonardo Pisano (1170-1250), Italian mathematician also known as Fibonacci
  • Giovanni Pisano (1250-1315), Italian sculptor, son of Nicola Pisano
  • Bonanno Pisano, 12th century Italian sculptor, sometimes credited with being the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Bernardo Pisano (1490-1548), Italian composer of the early 16th century
  • Andrea Pisano (1290-1348), Italian sculptor and architect
  • August Brunetti Pisano (1870-1943), Austrian composer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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