The surname Maffei was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of
, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maffei research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1549, 1570, 1606, 1824, 1514, 1553, 1549, 1521, 1583, 1533, 1603, 1605, 1660, 1662, 1730, 1653, 1716, 1675 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Maffei History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: Maffei, Maffetti, Maffi, Maffioretti, Maffetto, Maffettini and many more.
Prominent among members of the family was Bernardino Maffei (1514-1553), an Italian archbishop and cardinal, Bishop of Massa Marittima, then Archbishop of Chieti, and on 8 April 1549; Marcantonio Maffei (1521-1583), an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal; Giovanni Pietro Maffei (1533-1603), also anglicized as John Peter Maffei, an Italian Jesuit... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maffei Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.