Piazza last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Piazza is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Piazza.

Meaning of Piazza

An Italian occupational surname referring to someone who lived or worked in a town square or market.

Piazza, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Piazza surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Piazza in America

Piazza is the 4232nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Piazza surname appeared 8,372 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Piazza.

We can also compare 2010 data for Piazza to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4232 3928 7.45%
Count 8,372 8,311 0.73%
Proportion per 100k 2.84 3.08 -8.11%

The history of the last name Piazza

The surname Piazza is of Italian origin, derived from the Italian word "piazza" meaning "town square" or "public open space." It is believed to have originated in the Middle Ages, likely as a locational surname given to individuals who lived near or worked in a town square or marketplace.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Piazza can be found in historical records from the 13th century in the city of Florence, Italy. These records mention individuals with the surname Piazza residing in the city during this time period.

In the 14th century, the surname Piazza appeared in various manuscripts and documents from the Italian city-states, such as Venice and Genoa. It is possible that the name was initially associated with merchants or tradespeople who conducted business in the town squares or marketplaces.

The Piazza surname has been found in various historical records throughout Italy, such as tax rolls, census records, and legal documents. Some notable individuals with the surname Piazza include:

  1. Calisto Piazza (1548-1620), an Italian painter and architect active in the late Renaissance period.
  2. Giovanni Battista Piazza (1647-1708), an Italian mathematician and astronomer known for his contributions to the field of calculus.
  3. Antonio Piazza (1742-1823), an Italian composer and violinist who worked in the Baroque and Classical periods.
  4. Vittorio Emanuele Piazza (1826-1888), an Italian politician and statesman who served as the Minister of Education and later as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  5. Francesco Piazza (1870-1938), an Italian artist and sculptor known for his works depicting scenes from Roman life and mythology.

The surname Piazza is also associated with several place names in Italy, such as Piazza Armerina, a town in the province of Enna, Sicily, and Piazza al Serchio, a municipality in the province of Lucca, Tuscany.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Piazza

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Piazza.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Piazza was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 92.68% 7,759
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.74% 62
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.68% 57
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 18
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.94% 79
Hispanic Origin 4.74% 397

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Piazza has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 92.68% 94.27% -1.70%
Black 0.74% 0.64% 14.49%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.68% 0.32% 72.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 0.19% 14.63%
Two or More Races 0.94% 1.29% -31.39%
Hispanic 4.74% 3.28% 36.41%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Piazza was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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