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The distinguished surname Bias originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Bias family lived in the city of Benevento, which lies east of Naples. Earliest records date back to the 14th century, when the Blasio family branched from this town to Bari, Catanzaro, and Reggio di Calabria.

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The surname Bias was first found in the city of Benevento.

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Bias include Biaggi, Biagi, Biasi, Biasii, Biasio, Biase, Blasi, Blasio, Biagini, Biagia, Blase, Blas, De Biagi, De Biaggi, De Biasi, Debiasi, De Biase, De Blasi, De Blasio, De Blase, De Blasis, De Blasiis, De Biagio, Di Biasi, Di Biasio, Di Biaso, Di Biase, Di Blasi, Di Blas, Blasich, Blasic, Blasig, Blasigh, Blasevich, Biagelli, Biagetti, Beagini, Biagioli, Biagiotti, Biagioni, Biagianti, Biasetti, Biasetton, Biasini, Biasin, Biasioli, Biasiolo, Biasol, Biasotti, Biasiotti, Biasuz, Biasioni, Biasione, Biasone, Biason, Biasiutti, Biasiutto, Biasutti, Biasutto, Blasetti, Blasini, Blasina, Blasoni and many more.


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Prominent among members of the family was Gregorio Biagio, who was a lawyer in Genoa in 1530; Antonio Blasi, a soldier in Velletri in the 17th century; the Blasi family in Sicily at this time were barons of Diesi and Sparacia; in 1688 Giuseppe Blasi was Baron of Salina; Clemente Biagi...

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Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bias or a variant listed above:

Bias Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Bias, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Josef Bias, aged 46, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ferenz Bias, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • Manuel Bias, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1917
  • J. Bias, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
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  • Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias (1963-1986), the first team All-American college basketball player at the University of Maryland
  • Zed Bias, born Dave Jones, an English electronic musician
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    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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    The Bias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bias 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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