The surname lazarus came from the forename Lazzaro. The name Lazzaro itself is derived from the Greek word La'zar, which means La, or God, and azara, meaning help. Thus the surname means may God help him, or God has helped, by granting a child.
The surname lazarus was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. The most ancient records of this lineage are found in 902 with Feramondo Lazzara, of the castle of Lazzara near Modena.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lazarus research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1617, 1689, 1411, 1529, 1531 and 1765 are included under the topic Early lazarus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname lazarus. These spelling variations
include Lazzari, Lazzaro, Lazzara, Dei Lazara, Lazario, Lazaretti, Lazzeri, Lazzero, De Lazzari, Lazzarelli, Lazzaretti, Lazzeretti, Lazzarini, Lazzarino, Lazzarin, Lazzerini, Lazzarotti, Lazzarotto, Lazzaroni, Lazzarone, Lazzaron, Lazzeroni, Lazzarato, Lazzarutti and many more.
Prominent among members of the family was Dionisio Lazzari (1617-1689), an Italian sculptor and architect; Daniele dei Lazara, Commander of the Knights of Emperor Frederick II; Giacomo Lazario was mayor of Varazze in 1411; Oberto Cattaneo-Lazzaro, doge of Genoa from 1529 to 1531; Sinibaldo Lazzari mayor of... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lazarus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.