This surname of POZO was originally a French topographic name for someone who lived by a well, from the Old French word 'puts' and written in Latin documents as PUTEUS. The names of habitation, which are the largest group, usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held and perhaps owned his land. These local surnames derive (with a few occasional exceptions) from English, Scottish or French places, and were originally preceded by a preposition such as 'atte' or 'bye'. The earliest local surnames of French origin are chiefly from Normandy, particularly from the departments of Calvados, Eure, Seine-Inferieure and La Manche, although some Frenchmen, arriving in England early acquired surnames from English places. Local names may derive from the manor held, the place of residence, and occasionally from a sign like an Inn or Tavern, or a particularly unusual shape of rock, hill, tree, stream or river.The name has spread widely throughout Europe, and spellings of the name include DePUITS, PUIS, POUTS, POUX, POZZO, POZZA and PUZZI. For long periods of history, the northern part of Belgium was administratively united with the Netherlands. The Flemish language, spoken in northern Belgium, is very closely related to Dutch, and its surnames are often identical or nearly identical to Dutch. A notable member of the name was Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709) the Italian artist born in the north of Italy. In 1665 he became a Jesuit lay brother. In Rome from 1681, his main work was the decoration of the church of Saint Ignazio, the ceiling of which he painted. His treatise 'Perspectiva Pictorum (1693-98) had considerable influence on 18th century artists. Carlo Andrea, County Pozzo de Borgo (1764-1842) was the Corsican born Russian diplomatist, born in Alala. He practiced as an advocate in Ajaccio, in 1790. In 1803 he entered the Russian diplomatic service. He represented Russia at Paris, the Congress of Vienna and the Congress of Verona, and was ambassador to London from 1834 to 1839, when he settled in Paris where he died.
Arms recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General.
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