Machi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Machi 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 Machi 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.

Early Origins of the Machi family

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

Early History of the Machi family

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Machi 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 characteristic. 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 Machi include Macchiavelli, Macchiavello, Machiavello, Machiavelli, Machiaverna and many more.

Early Notables of the Machi family (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 and respect from the population. Machiavelli's ideas were very controversial and thus became famous, and are discussed in many modern history and politics lectures. Also famous...
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United States Machi migration to the United States +

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

Machi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Manl Machi, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]
  • Anna Machi, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from S. Flaira, in 1898
Machi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andrea Machi, aged 46, who landed in America from S. Flavia, Italy, in 1904
  • Anna Machi, aged 2, who landed in America from S. Fratella, Italy, in 1906
  • Anna Machi, aged 40, who settled in America from St. Flavia, Sicily, in 1909
  • Antonino Machi, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Caprileone, Sicily, in 1910
  • Antonino Machi, aged 2, who settled in America from Cermini, Palermo, in 1910
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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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