There are many variant spellings. In Italian or international usage, the name is also rendered as pass'e mez(z)o, passo e mezzo, and passomez(z)o. In early English usage, the names frequently incorporated the word measure in a folk etymology, giving such renderings as passemeasure, passingmeasure, passy-measures or passemeasure(s) pavan, particularly to designate the passamezzo antico progression. Passamezzi following the passamezzo moderno progression are designated "quadro pavan" or "quadran(t) pavan."
- Gerbino, Giuseppe & Silbiger, Alexander (2001). "Passamezzo". In Root, Deane L. (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Oxford University Press.