The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0273 Thursday, 6 June 2013
Date: June 5, 2013 8:48:13 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Petruchio
>Date: June 3, 2013 1:57:31 PM EDT
>Another possibility, which I don’t think is as likely, is that
>Petruchio is another name for Peter—it means “big Peter.”
Actually, if we accept, as I do, the position that Shakespeare knew the significance of Petruchio (“Petruccio” in Italian), it would be a very common diminutive of Peter (Pietro), which means, roughly, “sweet little Peter”. It generally begins in childhood, and continues among family and friends into adulthood.