Pellicano Family History
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Pellicano Name Meaning
nickname from pelecano, pelicano ‘woodpecker’, from pelyx ‘axe’. The Greek word was also used as an occupational nickname denoting a carpenter or ‘axe wielder’, and the surname may derive from this sense. occupational name for a tanner, pelacani, also used in a figurative sense, as a nickname for a rough, rude, or coarse person. In some cases it may have been a euphemistic alteration of pellacane ‘rogue’, ‘pilferer’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press