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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Pucci. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Pucci came from the name Puccio, which is a variation of names such as Filippuccio and Iacopuccio.


The surname Pucci was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The first notable family was the Pucci del Chassolino in 1108, and the Pucci detti Scarapucci in 1342. They were notable cavalieres. Records also show that Puccio di Benintendi Pucci lived in Florence as early as 1264.

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Pucci include Pucci, Puccio, Puccioni, Puccinotti, Pucciarelli, Puccianti and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pucci research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1526, 1609 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Pucci History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pucci Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Early records show that people bearing the name Pucci arrived in North America quite early:

Pucci Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Pucci, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Monteleone, Italy, in 1906
  • Agoste Pucci, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Lucca, Italy, in 1907
  • Alberto Pucci, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Cappelle, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Pucci, aged 46, who landed in America from Aeri, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfredo Pucci, aged 30, who settled in America from Masserosa, Italy, in 1910
  • ...

  • Richard Pucci, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996, 2000, 2004; Mayor of Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, 2007
  • Phyllis J. Pucci, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1980
  • Joe Pucci, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1960
  • Lou Taylor Pucci (b. 1985), American actor
  • Cindy Pucci, American model
  • Antonio Pucci (1923-2009), Italian race driver
  • Antonio Maria Pucci (1819-1892), Italian saint
  • Emilio Pucci (1914-1992), Italian fashion designer
  • Emilio Pucci, member of the Olympic ski team for Italy in 1933 and 1934, and later a fashion designer in Neapolitan

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    The Pucci Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Pucci 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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