Pizzo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Pizzo is derived from the Italian word "piccino," which means "small."
Early Origins of the Pizzo family
The surname Pizzo was first found in 1314 with Marco Picinini, the first of a long line of Picinini Senators.
Early History of the Pizzo family
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Pizzo Spelling Variations
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 Pizzo include Piccini, Piccin, Piccinni, Piccinno, Piccioli, Picciolo, Piccioni, Picciocchi, Piccitto, Picciallo, Picciulli, Picciullo, Picciuzzo, Pizzini, Pizzin, Pizzoli, Pizzolo, Pizzioli, Pizziolo, Pizziol, Piccinelli, Piccinini, Piccinino, Piccinin, Piccinato, Pizzinelli, Pizzinini, Pizzolotto and many more.
Early Notables of the Pizzo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Nicol Piccinino, a mercenary captain born in 1386 in Perugia. In order to make peace with the troops of Francesco Sforza, Piccinino allowed his daughter to marry Sforza. Nevertheless, his troops were overcome by those of Sforza in 1444 and Nicol was so grief stricken that he died not long afterward. He was buried in the Milan Cathedral. Jacopo Piccinino was a 15th century mercenary captain from Naples. Giovanni Piccioni was an organist and composer of masses, madrigals and motets during the next century. Also at this time was...
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Pizzo migration to the United States +
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pizzo or a variant listed above:
Pizzo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angela Pizzo, aged 9, who landed in America from Omantea, in 1905
- Aniello Pizzo, aged 24, who settled in America from Ciceiano, Caserto, in 1905
- Alfonso Pizzo, aged 17, who landed in America from Cinisi, Sicily, in 1909
- Angela Pizzo, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Monreale, Sicily, in 1910
- Angela Pizzo, aged 30, who settled in America from Patenza, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pizzo (post 1700) +
- Rose Pizzo (b. 1932), Italian-American author
- Rick Pizzo, American sports broadcaster
- Angelo Pizzo, American screen writer and film producer
- Howard Pizzo, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012 
- Francis Pizzo, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold; Elected 1948 
- Eraldo Pizzo (b. 1938), Italian Olympic water polo player
- Noelia Beatriz Artigas Pizzo (b. 1989), team handball goalkeeper from Uruguay, member of the Uruguay women's national handball team
- Mickaël Pizzo (b. 1979), retired French professional football player
- Manuela Pizzo (b. 1991), team handball player from Argentina
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