The surname Principe is derived from the Latin word "princeps," which in turn comes from "primus," which means "first" and "capere," which means "to take." This name was likely originally a nickname
for someone who behaved in a regal manner.
Early Origins of the Principe family
The surname Principe was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna
Region. The earliest origins of this name have been traced to the city of Bologna, where a member of the Principi family was involved in the government in 1249. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor. It is claimed that the Principi family has its roots in the 10th century, however, documented evidence starts in the 13th century when they held estates from 1249 to 1359 in the city.
Early History of the Principe family
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Principe Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Principe include Principi, Principe, Principio, Principato, de Principe, Prinzi and many more.
Early Notables of the Principe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Principe family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Principe:
Principe Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Juan Principe, who arrived in Mexico in 1538
- Ines Principe, who arrived in Peru in 1592
- Maria Principe, who arrived in Peru in 1598
Principe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Francisco Principe, who settled in Mississippi in 1794
Principe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan Principe, who landed in New Spain in 1838 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Antonio Principe, aged 38, who settled in America from Carolei, Italy, in 1893
Principe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Principe, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Sinaitino, in 1900
- Antonia Principe, aged 14, who settled in America from Bernardo, Italy, in 1900
- Antonio Principe, who emigrated to the United States from Foggia, in 1903
- Antonio Principe, aged 43, who landed in America from Pannarano, in 1906
- Alfredo Principe, aged 20, who settled in America from Cosenza, Italy, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Principe (post 1700)
- Jon Principe (b. 1977), American mixed martial arts fighter
- Joe Principe, American rock guitarist
- Dawn Principe (b. 1963), American female bodybuilder
- Walter H Principe, professor of theology at the University of Toronto as of 1992