Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished MacHiavelli 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 MacHiavelli 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 MacHiavelli family
Early History of the MacHiavelli family
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MacHiavelli Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of 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 MacHiavelli include Macchiavelli, Macchiavello, Machiavello, Machiavelli, Machiaverna and many more.
Early Notables of the MacHiavelli 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...
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Migration of the MacHiavelli family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name MacHiavelli
MacHiavelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name MacHiavelli (post 1700)
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