Tuscany, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname MacChiona. 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; 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 common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common that other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent, that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname MacChiona is a name for a person who worked as a stainer, one who stained materials, or perhaps removed stains. The surname is derived from the Italian word macchia.
Early Origins of the MacChiona family
Iona was first found in throughout Italy, where the Macci family, who are recorded as belonging to the Ghibelline party in 1286.
Early History of the MacChiona family
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MacChiona Spelling Variations
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 MacChiona include Macchi, Macci, Macchio, Maconi, Machi, Maccio, Macchione, Macchioni, Macch Iona, Maccolini, Machelli, Machirelli, Machinghi and many more.
Early Notables of the MacChiona family (pre 1700)
Tuscany in 1424, was the disciple and secretary of...
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Migration of the MacCh Iona family to the New World and Oceana
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