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Where did the Italian Bias family come from? When did the Bias family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bias family history?

The distinguished surname Bias originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Bias family lived in the city of Benevento, which lies east of Naples. Earliest records date back to the 14th century, when the Blasio family branched from this town to Bari, Catanzaro, and Reggio di Calabria.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Biaggi, Biagi, Biasi, Biasii, Biasio, Biase, Blasi, Blasio, Biagini, Biagia, Blase, Blas, De Biagi, De Biaggi, De Biasi, Debiasi, De Biase, De Blasi, De Blasio, De Blase, De Blasis, De Blasiis, De Biagio, Di Biasi, Di Biasio, Di Biaso, Di Biase, Di Blasi, Di Blas, Blasich, Blasic, Blasig, Blasigh, Blasevich, Biagelli, Biagetti, Beagini, Biagioli, Biagiotti, Biagioni, Biagianti, Biasetti, Biasetton, Biasini, Biasin, Biasioli, Biasiolo, Biasol, Biasotti, Biasiotti, Biasuz, Biasioni, Biasione, Biasone, Biason, Biasiutti, Biasiutto, Biasutti, Biasutto, Blasetti, Blasini, Blasina, Blasoni and many more.

First found in the city of Benevento.


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Another 269 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bias Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl Bias, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Josef Bias, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ferenz Bias, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • Manuel Bias, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1917
  • J. Bias, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919


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  • Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias (1963-1986), the first team All-American college basketball player at the University of Maryland
  • Zed Bias, born Dave Jones, an English electronic musician


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