The surname Porcella derives from the Italian word "porco," meaning "hog; " as such, it may have evolved from a nickname
for someone "pig-like" in some manner, or perhaps as an occupational
name for someone who worked with pigs.
Early Origins of the Porcella family
The surname Porcella was first found in Umbria, where the earliest recorded family bearing this name were a patrician family living in Gubbio in 1171. In 1290, soldier Arrigo di Porci took part in the destruction of Spolet, and his son Rodulfo was said to be lord of several of the King's castles. Leonardo Porcelli di Federico was a general in Monte Oliveto in 1516.
Early History of the Porcella family
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Porcella Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Porcello, Porcelli, Porcellino, Porcellina, Porci and others.
Early Notables of the Porcella family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Porcello di Arrigo, an army captain in Pisa in 1351. Nicolo Porcia was Senator of Rome a century later. Giacomo Porco was Bishop of Patti, and became Archbishop of Messina in 1449. A member of the Porcello family was the mayor of Cagli in... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porcella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Porcella family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Porcella, age 16, who arrived in America en route to Chicago on Aug. 25, 1880, aboard the "France"; Michela Porcella, age 39, who arrived in America on Dec. 21, 1883, aboard the ".