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Where did the Italian Benzi family come from? What is the Italian Benzi family crest and coat of arms? When did the Benzi family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Benzi family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Benzi, Benzo, Benza, Bensi, Penzo, Penza, Pensi, Penso, Benzizni, Benzani, Benzan and many more.

First found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benzi research. Another 326 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1405, 1414, and 1819 are included under the topic Early Benzi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Benzi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ferdinand Benzon, who settled in New York in 1830; Adam Benzing, who settled in New York, NY in 1848; Anna Benzing, who arrived in North America in 1848.

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  • Oreste Benzi (1925-2007), Italian Catholic priest
  • Soldani Benzi (1656-1740), Italian sculptor and medalist
  • Erick Benzi (b. 1959), French musician, songwriter, composer and record producer
  • Diego Benzi (b. 1984), Chilean soccer player
  • Michele Benzi, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University, Georgia


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Benzi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benzi 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.

This page was last modified on 1 February 2014 at 10:02.

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