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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished MacChia family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany 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 MacChia is a name for a person who was one noted for his good looks. The surname Macchiavelli is derived from the Italian word malo, and from the Latin malus, which means dangerous and chiavella meaning nail or spike.

MacChia Early Origins



The surname MacChia was first found in 850, when Ugo Macchiavelli was Marquis of Tuscany.

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MacChia Spelling Variations


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MacChia Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of MacChia include Macchiavelli, Macchiavello, Machiavello, Machiavelli, Machiaverna and many more.

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MacChia Early History


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MacChia Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacChia research. More information is included under the topic Early MacChia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacChia Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacChia Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Niccol Macchiavelli, born in 1469 in Florence, who was a statesman, writer, politician, and philosopher. His most famous work, completed in 1532, is entitled The Prince, and in it, Macchiavelli describes the way in which a ruler must behave in order to maintain order...

Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacChia 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



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name MacChia were found:

MacChia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angela Macchia, aged 4, who landed in America from Coritto, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Macchia, aged 33, who landed in America from Capriglia, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Macchia, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Acquacriva, Italy, in 1912
  • Angela Macchia, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Toritto, Italy, in 1913
  • Alfredo Macchia, aged 28, who settled in America from Bisaccia, Italy, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacChia (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacChia (post 1700)



  • Salvatore Macchia (b. 1947), American composer of contemporary classical music
  • Frank Macchia (b. 1958), American composer, arranger and saxophonist
  • Thomas L. Macchia, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alaska, 2012
  • Joseph A. Macchia (b. 1916), American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1957
  • Francesco La Macchia (1938-1960), Italian silver medalist sprint canoer at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Marcello Macchia (b. 1978), Italian actor and comedian

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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    The MacChia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacChia 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 August 2016 at 11:25.

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