Pugliese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pugliese surname, though generally associated with the region of Tuscany is said to have derived from the place name Apulia (Italian Puglia) in southeastern Italy, in the region commonly know as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. These habitational names, taken on from place names are perhaps the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy. They often bore the prefix "di," which signified emigration from one place to another, and did not necessarily denote nobility.

Early Origins of the Pugliese family

The surname Pugliese was first found in the city of Florence.

Early History of the Pugliese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pugliese research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1396, 1600, and 1636 are included under the topic Early Pugliese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pugliese Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Puglia, Puglielli, Pugliano, Puglianiello, Pugliarello, Pugliatti, Puliatti, Pugliati, Pugliese, Pugliesi and many more.

Early Notables of the Pugliese family (pre 1700)

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Pugliese Ranking

In the United States, the name Pugliese is the 7,005th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Pugliese is ranked the 5,184th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]


United States Pugliese migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pugliese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Pugliese, who sailed aboard the "SS Olympia" from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on July 25 1896
Pugliese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agostino Pugliese, aged 34, who landed in America from Ricali, Italy, in 1912
  • Agnese Pugliese, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Sorrufo, Italy, in 1913
  • Ambrogio Pugliese, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Putiguano, Italy, in 1913
  • Amuriata Pugliese, aged 18, who landed in America from Palienera, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Pugliese, aged 21, who landed in America from Villapiano, Italy, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pugliese (post 1700) +

  • Julia Jones Pugliese (1909-1993), American fencer, the first woman to coach a collegiate fencing team, and led N.Y.U. to national championships in 1933 and 1938
  • Frankie Pugliese, American TV writer and artistic director
  • James "Jim" Pugliese (b. 1952), American percussionist
  • Oronzo Pugliese (1910-1990), Italian football manager
  • Antonio Pugliese (1941-2000), Italian professional wrestler
  • Giuseppe Pugliese, Italian author who wrote a concise history of the life of Giuseppe Verdi, the 19th century composer
  • Humbert Pugliese (1884-1955), Australian film exhibitor and producer
  • Marcelo Adrián Pugliese (b. 1968), Argentine gold, silver and four-time bronze medalist discus thrower in the 1990s
  • Dina Pugliese (b. 1974), Canadian television personality
  • Osvaldo Pedro Pugliese (1905-1995), Argentine tango musician


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/


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