This Italian surname of PUCKETT was a baptismal name 'the descendant of Pucci' a pet form of Iacopucci, the Italian variant of Jacob which was derived amazingly from the Hebrew given name Yaakov, via the Latin Jacobus. In the Bible this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau who took advantage of the lack of hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright 'for a mess of potage'. The name is traditionally interpreted as coming from Hebrew AKEV (heel) and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau's heel. The name has travelled widely and the principal forms of the given name in major European languages are JACOB, JACQUES, GIACOVO, GIACOPO and IACOPO. Throughout Eastern Europe Jewish forms of the name were extremely common, ranging from YAAKOV to JANKL. In Italy the name is also spelt PUCCINI and PUCCI. Despite evidence that hereditary surnames were in use in the Venetian Republic as early as the 10th Century, the origin of many Italian surnames is unclear. There is still a great potential for research into medieval Italian records while documented evidence indicates the adoption of the father's name as a surname is the most common form. The familiar endings of "i" and "o", meaning to be a member of a certain family, bears this out. Social conditions in Southern Italy during the agricultural depression of the late 19th Century spurred the first wave of emigration as thousands of people escaped to the New World. Latin America was the original destination for these early settlers but as the economy strengthened in the United States, North America became more popular. A minor notable of the name is Pearl Patience PUCKETT, born in Portsmouth, Iowa. She is a free-lance writer and the author of more than 2,000 articles and stories, published in numerous American and Canadian magazines, including 'The Saturday Evening Post', 'American Magazine', 'Parent's Magazine' and 'House and Garden'. In 1964, The United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Security Administration made a report of the 'Distribution of Surnames of the Social Security Account Number File'. It was found that there were 1,091,522 different surnames in the file. The surname PUCKETT is ranked as 1,106th and there are 24,545 persons of the name in America.
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