The first post-Roman hereditary surnames
reached Italy in the 10th and 11th centuries. People had been used one name in this region, but population increases had rendered single names a woefully inadequate means of identification. Occupational
names, like Azzarri, derived from the kind of work performed by the original bearer, were a common source for these new surnames. were very popular. Azzarri was a 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 Azzarri family
The surname Azzarri 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 Azzarri family
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Azzarri Spelling Variations
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 Azzarri 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 Azzarri 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 Azzarri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Azzarri family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Azzarri: 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 ".