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The surname Porciello 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.

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The surname Porciello 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Porcello, Porcelli, Porcellino, Porcellina, Porci and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porciello research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1351, 1449, 1478 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Porciello History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 235 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porciello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 "Archimede".

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  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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The Porciello Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porciello 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.

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