Dramatic increases in the Italian population in the 10th and 11th centuries caused much confusion between similarly named people. Up to that time people had only used single names: the addition of hereditary surnames
was an easy solution to the problem. New names were taken from things that identified people easily, like where they lived, or, as in the case of Azzali, what work they did. Azzali was an occupational
name for a person who made battle axes as it is derived from the Italian word azza, which means battle-axe.
Early Origins of the Azzali family
The surname Azzali was first found in at Novara, capital city of the province of Novara in the Piedmont
region in northwest Italy in 1312, with Pietro Azario, a count and wealthy lawyer, registered in that year.
Early History of the Azzali family
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Azzali Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Azzali include Azzali, Azzalin, Azzalini, Azzaloni, Azzanelli, Azzarelli, Azzarello, Azzariti, Azzaretti, Azzati, Azzari, Azzario, Azario, Azari, Azzarini, Azzaro, Azzaroli, Azzarone, Azzaroni, Azzarri and many more.
Early Notables of the Azzali family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Alessandro Azzaloni, a was a judge in Reggio in 1752; Felice Azzaloni, who was a renowned Latin poet around the same... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Azzali Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Azzali family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Azzali: J.B. Azaretto, age 36, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1821; Maria Azzaro, age 33, who arrived in New York on June 18, 1883, aboard the ".