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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fazio. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 Venice 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 Fazio family lived in this area, where the Fazio family lived as early as 1209.

Fazio Early Origins



The surname Fazio was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a port on the Gulf of Genoa, capital of the province of Genoa. 4th century B.C it was occupied by the Greeks, destroyed by the Carthaginians in 209 B.C and restored by Rome who made it their headquarters. They survived the Lombard and Carolingan intrusions. Were well known for their naval prowess. Shipbuilding flourished in this natural sea port. Much migration took place to South America pre WWII. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family were nobility in Pavia and in Venice were they seated in 1209. They later branched to Sicily when maestro Giovanni Fazo held a mansion and estates from Frederico II.

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Fazio Spelling Variations


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Fazio Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fazio, Fazzio, Fazia, Fazzin, Fazzina, Fazzino, Fazzini, Fazzioli, Fazzuoli, Fazzia, Fazi and many more.

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Fazio Early History


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Fazio Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fazio research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1461, 1682, and 1760 are included under the topic Early Fazio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fazio Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fazio Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Bartolomeo Fazio, a humanist and historian in La Spezia in 1400. He was also an ambassador and a teacher, and lived in the court of Alfonso I of Naples. He wrote a 10 volume History of Alfonso. Giovanni Fazzari was mayor of Tropea in...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fazio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fazio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Augustino Fazio was naturalized in Ventura County, California in 1897

Fazio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam Fazio was naturalized in Arkansas in 1900

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fazio (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fazio (post 1700)



  • Victor Herbert Fazio Jr. (b. 1942), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1975-79; U.S. Representative from California, 1979-99
  • Salvatore J. Fazio, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1947; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1948
  • Ross John Fazio, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 1st District, 1961 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1964
  • Melissa Fazio, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Beverly Fazio, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Victor Herbert Fazio Jr. (b. 1942), American politician, Democratic congressman from California
  • Gabe Fazio (b. 1973), American actor
  • Johnny De Fazio, former American professional wrestler
  • Ernest Joseph Fazio (b. 1942), retired American professional baseball player
  • Basil "Buzz" Fazio (1908-1993), pioneer and early American bowling star
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fazio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fazio 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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