The family name Pecoraro is of ancient Roman origin. Pecoraro is a derivative of the
Latinword for "flock" (i.e. pecoris), itself a derivative for a Latin word for sheep(i.e. pecus, [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pecus] ).
It is a descriptive family name derived from an occupation, that of a
shepherd. The Italian word for shepherd is "pecoraio" (similar to the famous sheep's cheese Pecorinoor Pecorino Romano). A Romanian word for shepherd is also "pǎcurar".
There are derivatives to this
Family nameacross the former extent of the Roman Empire. Examples include: Pecoraio ( Italy), Păcurar, Pacurar and Pecurar ( Romania), as well as, its Germanizedand Slavicizedform: Pekurar (Romania and former Yugoslavia).
There is a possibilty this name was also derived from a locality, that of
Pecorara, in the Province of Piacenza, Italy.
Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio
*Marco Pecoraro Scanio
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