Azzi Surname History

The distinguished surname Azzi 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. 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. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Azzi came from the personal name "Azzo."

Early Origins of the Azzi family

The surname Azzi was first found in the city of Fermo. It was here, in 1074, that Tommaso Azzolini was Bishop.

Important Dates for the Azzi family

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Azzi Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Azzano, Azzi, Azzini, Azzo, Azzoguidi, Azzola, Azzoli, Azzolin, Azzolina, Azzolini, Azzolino, Azzone, Azone, Azzoni, Azuta, Azuto, Azuti, Azzopardi, Azzopardo, D'Azzano, Dazzano, D'Azzi, Dazzi, D'Azzo and many more.

Early Notables of the Azzi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Alberto D'Azzone, who was a lawyer in 1233 in Bologna; the Azzoni family of Milan, who were made official nobility of the city in 1277; Artico Azzoni was made official nobility of Venice in 1315; the Azzoguidi family in Bologna, who produced eight law professors over a period of 200 years, including Taddeo Azzoguidi, who was also ambassador of Bologna to the Pope, in 1362; Bibliobarigi Azzoguidi was a diplomat in 1324; Francesco di Buonvicino Azzoni was a notary in Bologna in 1305; Paolo Azzoni was councillor to the duke in Milan in 1385...
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Azzi migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Azzi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antoun Azzi, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Ernesto Azzi, aged 28, who landed in America from Cardosso, in 1898
  • Ida Azzi, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Cardosso, in 1898
Azzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Pietro Azzi, aged 38, who landed in America from Gallicans, Italy, in 1911
  • Raffaello Azzi, aged 42, who settled in America from Castelunoro, Italy, in 1912
  • Ella Azzi, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1912
  • Umberto Azzi, aged 35, who landed in America from Pievepelago, Italy, in 1914
  • Maria Azzi, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Arcevia, Italy, in 1915
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Contemporary Notables of the name Azzi (post 1700)

  • Nadia Azzi, young American classical pianist of Lebanese -Japanese origin
  • Jennifer Azzi (b. 1968), American basketball player and coach
  • David Azzi (b. 1981), Lebanese-born, Canadian former wide receiver and slotback in the Canadian Football League
  • Robert Azzi (b. 1952), Australian professional footballer
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