The distinguished surname Grazio 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, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Grazio came from the personal name
Grazia. The name is originally Latin from the name Gratius. The name Gratius was originally derived from the word gratus, which means dear, beloved.
Early Origins of the Grazio family
The surname Grazio was first found in the region of Umbria, in the ancient city of Perugia, well known today for the large number of foreign students at its University. Records are found dating to 1232, when Giacomo Graziani was made General Captain of the Florentine Republic and was forced to go against the Sienese forces.
Early History of the Grazio family
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Grazio Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Grazio include Grazia, Grazi, Grazzi, Di Grazia, Delle Grazie, Grazzini, Grazioli, Graziotti, Graziosi, Grazioso, Graziuso, Graziussi and many more.
Early Notables of the Grazio family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Graziani, Bishop of Perugia in 1339; Antonio Francesco Grazzini, a Florentine poet and dramatist born in 1503. He came from an honorable and ancient family and among his most famous works was "Le Cene," a collection of 22 tales told by 5 youths and 5 maidens during 3 days of carnival; Bonifazio Graziani, a famous composer of church music during the early 17th century in Marino; Baltasar Gracian y Morales (1601-1658), a Spanish Jesuit and... Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grazio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grazio family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Grazio or a variant listed above include: Francisco Graziani, who applied for Naturalization in Allegheny County, PA in 1876, Salvatore Grazianno, who was Naturalized in Illinois between 1873-1896, and Francesco Graziano, who was recorded in a passenger list as arriving in New York in 1893..
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