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The distinguished surname Porci originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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 the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Porci is a common occupational name for a person who was employed to care for a swine herd. The surname Porco is derived from the Italian word porco, meaning swine.

Porci Early Origins



The surname Porci was first found in the year 1050, with the famous Cataldo Porco, a military leader and freedom fighter who moved to the Sicilian town of Messina where he was essential in defending the city from the Saracen invaders.

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Porci Spelling Variations


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Porci Spelling Variations



There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Porci are Porco, Porchi, Puorco, Porcu, Porcù, Porcelli, Porciello, Porcellini, Porcelluzzi, Porcella, Porcedda, Porceddu, Porcheddu, Porqueddu, Porcino, Porcello, Porcia, Porcini, Porcacci, Porcari, Porcaro, Purcaro and many more.

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Porci Early History


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Porci Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porci research. More information is included under the topic Early Porci History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Porci Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Porci Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Porcello di Arrigo, Captain of the people 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; also of this family were many Knights of Malta, also Barons...

Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porci Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Porci or a variant listed above: Antonio Purcaro, who arrived at the port of New York in 1893.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
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    The Porci Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porci Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 September 2011 at 11:12.

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