During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of surname creation, as it complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Pitrelli came ultimately from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word "petrus" meaning "rock."
Early Origins of the Pitrelli family
The surname Pitrelli was first found in Southern Italy and in Sicily.
Early History of the Pitrelli family
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Pitrelli Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Petrullo, Petrulla, Petrulli, Petrillo, Pitrelli and others.
Early Notables of the Pitrelli family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pitrelli family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Giovanni Petrullo, who arrived in America on March 22, 1880; Agnese Petrulli, who arrived in American on Dec. 20, 1886 aboard the "Cheribon".