Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : from pietra ‘stone’, ‘rock’, with the definite article la (Latin petra, from Greek); probably a topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent rock or on stony ground, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a quarryman or stone carver.
  • Italian : from feminine form of Pietro, the feminine form probably being due to the influence of the Italian word famiglia ‘family’.