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Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames: Letter "P"

Surnames starting with:

PACE, PACI, PASI, PASE, PASIO, PACELLI, PACILLI, PACETTI, PACITTI, PACINI, PACINOTTI, PACIOTTI, PACIULLO, PACENTI, PASELLO, PASETTI, PASINI, PASOLINI, PASOTTI, PASINATTI From the word "pace" = peace. Also abbreviation of the medieval first name Bonapace and Paccio

PADULA, PADULI, PADULANO, PADUANO, PARULE: From the name of the towns of Padula, province of Salerno and Teramo, and of Paduli, province of Benevento. Padula derives from the Latin "palude" in neapolitan "parule" = marsh

PAGLIA, PAGLIONE, PAGLI, PAGGIA, PAGLIETTA, PAGLICCI, PAGLIAZZI, PAGLIALI, PAGLIARO, PAGLIAROLO, PAGLIARANI, PAGLIERI: From the word "paglia" = straw. To indicate someone that works with the straw. Also derived from name of places: Paglieta

PALAZZESE, PALAZZESI, PALAZZESCHI, PALAZZOLI, PALAZZOTTO: From the word "palazzo" = palace; who works or lives in a palace

PALERMO, PALERMI, PALERMITTI: From the city of Palermo, Sicily region

PALLADINO, PALADINI, PALADIN, PALATINI, PALLADINI: From the first name "Paladino" = paladin (knight of Carlo Magno)

PALLINI, PALLINO: From the word "palla" = ball, also with the meaning of small cartridges

PALLOTTA, PALLOTTI, PALLOTTO: From the word "palla" = ball, used as a nickname for fat person

PALMA, PALMAS, PALMUCCI, PALMESE: From the first name Palma, symbol of peace or from a name of a place

PALMIERI, PALMERO, PALMIERO, PALMERINO, PALMARINO, PALMERUCCI: From the old French first name Palmiere, derived from Palma; nickname given, during the Middle Ages, to the pilgrims to the Holy Land

PALUMBO, PALOMBO, PALOMBA, PALOMBI, PALOMBELLA, PALOMBINO, PLUMBIERI, PALUMBERI<: From the dialect "palumbo" = dove, used as a nickname for a quite person

PAOLO, PAOLUCCI: From the first name Paolo, derived from the Latin word "paulus" = small

PANCRAZIO: From the first name Pancrazio, derived from the Greek "Pankrates"

PANELLA, PANELLI, PANELLO, PANETTI, PANETTA, PANOZZO, PANI, PANEBIANCO, PANCOTTO: From the word "pane" = bread, to indicate the job of someone (ej: baker); also derived from the medieval nickname pane meaning good person

PANTALEO, PANTALONE, PANTALEONE, PANTALEONI, PANTALONI, PATALEI: From the first name Pantaleone of Greek origin, consisting of "panta" = all and "leone" = lion

PANZERA, PANZA, PANSA, PANCIA, PANZETTI, PANSINI, PANCINI, PANZARELLA, PANZACCHI, PANZARINO, PANSERA, PANSARDI, PANCERA, PANZUTI: From the word "panza" = belly

PAOLO: from the first name Paolo

PAPA: From the word "papa" that has, according the local traditions, different meanings = father, bishop, priest

PARDI : Derived from the abbreviation of "Longobardi" = Lombards

PARENTE, PARENTI: From the word "parente" = relative

PARIS, PARIGI, PARISI, PARISE, PARISSI, PARISINI, PARISOTTI, PARISANI: From the name of the city of Paris, to indicate someone from France or from Paris; also someone who used to go there as a merchant

PASQUALE, PASQUALI, PASCALE, PASQUALETTI, PASQUALINI, PASQUARELLI, PASCARELLA, PASCARELLI: From the first name Pasquale, derived from the word "pasqua" = Easter

PASSARELLI, PASSARELLO: From the surname of a noble family from France. Also derived from a dialect word meaning strainer

PASSERI, PASSERINI: From the word "passero" = sparrow

PASTORE, PASTORI, PASTORELLI, PASTRELLO, PASTORINI: From the word "pastore" = shepherd

PATRICELLI, PATRICELLO, PATRICELLA: From the first name Patrizio, derived from the Latin "patricius" = of elevated social level

PAVONE, PAVONI, PAONE, PAVONESSA, PAONESSA: From the word "pavone" = peacock, vain person

PEDICONE It has the same root of the word "piede" = foot. The dialect word "pedencaune" means the part of the cut tree left

PELIGNI: From the name of the pre-roman population of Peligni that lived in the Sulmona area

PELLEGRINI, PELLEGRINO, PELLERINO, PELLERINI, PELLEGRINELLI, PELLEGRINETTI, PELLEGRINESCHI From the "word" pellegrino = pilgrim

PELLICCIA, PELLICCIOTTA, PELLICCI, PELLIZZA, PELLIZZA, PELIZZI, PELLICCIONI, PELLICCIARI, PELLIZZONI, PELLIZZARI, PELISSERI From the word "pelliccia" = fur; used to indicate the job of the person

PELOSI, PELUSI, PELOS, PELOSINI, PELOSIN, PELUSO: From the nickname "peloso" = someone who has long hair or barb

PENDENZA: From the word "pendenza" = slope, to indicate the place where a family used to live

PENNA: From the nickname given to someone that works as a writer. Also from the word "penna" meaning pick, rock: there are many names of places that include this word

PENTRI, PENTA, PENTONE, PENDE: From the name of the pre-roman population of Pentri that lived in the Matese area, Molise region

PERACCHIA, PERILLI, PERILLO, PERELLI, PERELLO, PERELLA, PERILLIO: From the first name Pietro

PERLA, PERNA: From the word "perla" = pearl

PERRELLA, PERELLI, PERELLO, PETRUZZELLI, PEDRETTI, PEDROCCHI, PERAZZOLO, PERRONE From the first name Pietro

PERACCHIA, PERILLI, PIETRI, PIETROBON, PIETRICOLA, PIERSANTI, PEDRAZZOLI, PIERALLI, PERROTTI, PEROTTA, PERRONE: From the first name Pietro

PERSIA: From the name of the country of Persia, the today Iran. Also derived from the dialect word "persia, persa", la maggiorana = sweet majoram

PETACCIA, PETACCIO, PETACCI: From the dialect word "petacce" = piece, rag. Also from the name of the town of Petacciato, Molise region

PETRARCA, PETRARCHI, PETRACCA, PETACCA, PETRACCHI, PETRACHI, PETROCELLI, PETRUCCI, PETROSELLI: From the first name Pietro

PETTI: From the word "petto" = breast, or originary of a place called Petto (like Pettorano in Abruzzo or Pettoranello in Molise)

PICCIANO, PICCIANI, PICCIANA: From the name of the town of Picciano, province of Pescara

PICCININI, PICCIRILLI, PICCINI: From the word "piccino" = little, little baby etc, used as a nickname for a short person

PICCIONI, PICCIONE: From the word "piccione" = pigeon

PIERDOMENICO, PIERDOMENICI, PIERDOMINICI: Consisting of two first names: Pietro and Domenico

PIERFELICE, PIERFELICI, PIERFELICIANO: Consisting of two first names: Pietro and Felice

PIERSANTI: Consisting of two first names: Pietro and Santo

PIETRANTONI: Consisting of two first names: Pietro and Antonio

PIETRAROIA: From the Latin "petra rubea" = red stone, to indicate a place the family is originated from

PIETRO: from the first name Pietro

PINELLI, PINO, PINELLO, PIN, PINATO, PINAT: From the first name Pino, diminutive of Giuseppe

PINTO, PINTUS: Derived from the adjective "dipinto" = painted, already used as a nickname in the Middle Ages

PIROCCHI: From the Abruzzo and Moise dialect word "peroccha" = stick; also derived from the Calabria and Sicily dialect word "pirocchio" = common louse, mean

PISANO, PISA, PISANI, PISANÒ, PISANELLO, PISANIELLO: From the town of Pisa, Tuscany region

PISCIELLA, PESCI, PESCIO, PISCITELLI, PESCETTO, PESCINI, PESCIONE, PESCIOLINI: From the word "pesce" = fish

PISEGNA, PISEGNI, PISEGNO: From the Geek word "pisos" = irrigated place

PISTILLI: From the word "pistillo" = pistil

PIZZOFERRATO, PIZZO, PIZZI: From the name of the town of Pizzoferrato, province of Chieti, derived from the word "pizzo" meaning high summit, peak

PIZZUTO: From the South Italy adjective "pizzuto" meaning pointed, sharp

PLESCIA: From the Latin word "plexa" = twisted or from the Albania word "plesht" = flea

POLIDORO, POLIDORI: From the first name Polidoro derived from the Greek first name Polydoros, consisting of "polys" = a lot and "doron" = gift

POLITI, POLITANO, POLITANÒ, PULITANO: From the greek word "polites" = citizens. Sometimes derives from the name of the town of Polito, province of Cosenza

POMANTE, POMANTI: From the Latin words "pomum" = fruit and "pomus" = fruit tree. Probably used as a nickname for the families that owned many fruit trees

POMPEI, POMPEO, POMPEA: From the roman family name "Pompeius"

POMPILII, POMPILIO, POMPILIA: From the roman family name "Pompilius"

POMPONIO, POMPONIA, POMPONII: From the roman family name "Pomponius"

PONTARELLI, PONTE, PONTI, PONTICELLI, PONTILLO, PONTINI, PONTONI, PONTIROLI, PONTALTI: (click here for more information)

PORCELLI, PORCIELLO, PORCELLA, PORCELLINI, PORCELLUZZI: From the word "porco" = pig, probably connected to a job as pig raiser.

PORRECA: Probably from the Latin "porrectum" = plateau, extension, to indicate someone coming from this kind of place

POTALIVO, POTALIVI, POTAMIO, POTAMIONE: Consisting of the verb "potare" = to prune and the word "olivo" = olive tree. To indicate a job.

PRESENZA, PRESENZIO, PRESENZI: From the Latin first name "Praesentius" meaning ready, powerful

PRESUTTI, PRESUTTO, PRESUTTE: A suggested ethimology may be from the dialect word "presutte", prosciutto = ham. But a more competent origin may be derived from a change of consonants in the ancient name of the Praetutii peoples that inhabited the area of teramo in pre-Roman times.

PRETE, PRETI, PREITE, PREVITE, PREVE: From the word "prete" = priest, derived from the Greek "presbyteros" = the eldest

PRIMAVERA, PRIMAVERE: From the word "primavera" = spring

PRINZI, PRINZIO: From the word "principe" = prince

PROFETA: From the Greek word "prophetis" = prophet

PROIETTI: From the Latin adjective "proiectus" = abandoned, given to the children of unknown parents

PROPERZI, PROPERSI

PROSPERI, PROSPERO, PROSPERINI: From the first name Prospero

PUGLIELLI, PUGLIESE, PUGLISI, PUGLIANO, PUGLIANELLO, PUGLIARELLO, PUGLIATTI: From the name of the Puglia Region. To indicate someone coming from this locality

PULCINI, PULCINO: From the Latin adjective "pullicenus", derived from "pullus" = small, little, young

PULSONI: From the medieval Latin "pulsone" = big blow



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