Show ContentsAzzarelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Azzarelli, what work they did. Azzarelli 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 Azzarelli family

The surname Azzarelli 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 Azzarelli family

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Azzarelli 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 Azzarelli 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 Azzarelli 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...
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Migration of the Azzarelli family

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Azzarelli: 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 ". on Facebook