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Where did the Italian Mancino family come from? What is the Italian Mancino family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mancino family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mancino family history?From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Mancino family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany 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 Mancino is a name for a person who was equally adept and skilled in the use of both hands. The name Mancini is derived from the Italian word mancino, which means one who is ambidextrous.
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 Mancino include Mancin, Mancina, Mancinelli, Mancinetti, Mancino and many more.
First found in Florence, where the main branch of the family originates. Leonardo Mancini, was a bishop in Orvieto in 1295. Also noteworthy is Daccino Mancini, who was the ambassador to the Sicilian King in 1406 and then to the Pope in 1408. Around the same period, Giuseppe Mancini was the Archbishop of Siena, and about 400 years later, another Archbishop, this time of Cosenza, was Domenico Mancinelli. The Mancinelli family is known for being one of the oldest families in the city of Narni in the region of Umbria.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mancino research. Another 184 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1558, and 1630 are included under the topic Early Mancino History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 80 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mancino Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mancino were found: Antonio and Michael Mancini, who arrived in Indiana in 1896.
The Mancino Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mancino 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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