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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Prado. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Prado family lived by the fields or meadows. The surname Prato is derived from the local name Prato, which means field or meadow.

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The surname Prado was first found in at Lecce, the historic city in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce and a port city located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula.

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Prado include Prato, Prata, Prati, Prado, Prada, Pra, Dal Prato, Del Prato, Dal Pra, Pratello, Pratelli, Pratella, Pradella, Pradel, Pradetto, Pratolini, Pradolin, Pratali and many more.


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

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Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Guglielmo Prata, an ambassador in Milan in 1229 who undertook part of the responsibility for renewing the city after the destructive invasion of Federico Barbarossa; Ser Lapo de'Pratesi of Florence is recorded as having been a priest in 1292; Cristoforo Prata...

Another 143 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Prado arrived in North America very early:

Prado Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Alvaro de Prado, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Benito de Prado sailed to America in 1513 with his wife and servants
  • Pedro de Prado sailed to sailed to Hispaniola in 1534
  • Diego de Prado sailed to Florida in 1538

Prado Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Raimundo Prado Díaz, who sailed to Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Alvaro De Prado, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Benito De Prado, who landed in America in 1813
  • Francisco Del Prado, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Gomez De Prado, who landed in America in 1813
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Prado Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alberto Prado, aged 5, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Amelio Prado, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Antonio Prado, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Aurelio Prado, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1921
  • B. Prado, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1923
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  • Edgar S. Prado (b. 1967), Peruvian-born, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey in thoroughbred horse racing
  • Samuel Prado, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 2004
  • Raul Prado, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 117th District, 2002
  • Miguel I. Prado, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1996
  • Marta Prado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000
  • Humberto Prado, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Hammond, Indiana, 2011
  • Edward C. Prado, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1981-84
  • Anne del Prado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Eliseo Prado (1929-2016), Argentine football forward
  • Erick Dowson Prado Meléndez (b. 1976), retired Salvadoran footballer
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    Other References

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    6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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    The Prado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prado 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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