Pinto, is an Italian name of Jewish origin. It spread to Spain, then to Portugal, following the forced conversion and inquisition of the Jews. From 1266 to 1294, it is estimated that half of the Jewish population in southern Italy (estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000) is forced to convert. In Italy this family name is mostly popular in the south, in Sicily and in the Countryside. This name means Painter in Italian, and Mean Chick in Portuguese. In the Neapolitan dialect, this name meant a bird, like a man who loved strutting like a bird. The spelling was sometimes changed to Pinter.
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