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Where did the Italian Maggiore family come from? What is the Italian Maggiore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maggiore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maggiore family history?From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maggiore family. 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 common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Maggiore came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Maggiore include Maggio, Maggi, Maggiolini, Maggini, Maggiello, Maggiora, Maganini, Maggiolo, Maggioni, Maggione, Maggiore, Maggiulini, Magguilli, Maghetti, Magis, Magio, Magiocco and many more.
First found in the city of Cremona, where records are found with the Maggi family, from which came 57 priests between 1096 and 1791.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maggiore research. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maggiore History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maggiore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Maggiore were among those contributors:
Maggiore Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Maggiore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maggiore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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