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.
Early Origins of the Porci family
Early History of the Porci family
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Porci Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Porci family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Porci family to the New World and Oceana
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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