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The surname Benzi was 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.

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


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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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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 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.

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