The distinguished surname Maffeo can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont
. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont
is the patronymic
surname, derived from the father's given name. The surname Maffeo came from the personal name
Matteo, which is the Italian form of the English Matthew. Ultimately, the name was inIn Hebrew
, and meant "gift of God." This name was adopted into Latin as both Matthias and Matthaeus. During the medieval era, the personal name Matteo became popular as people often named their children after popular saints in the hopes that the child would enjoy that saint's patronage in later life.
Early Origins of the Maffeo family
The surname Maffeo was first found in Abruzzi, a region in central Italy. 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.
Early History of the Maffeo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maffeo research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1188, 1586, 1643, 1643, 1753, 1779, 1792, 1832, 1833, 1480, 1501, 1577, 1640, 1694, 1350, 1675, 1672, 1750 and 1863 are included under the topic Early Maffeo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Maffeo Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mattei, Mattedi, Matteini, Matteis, Matteo, Matteolli, Matteoni, Matteotti, Matteucci, Matteuzzi, Mattussi, Mattuzzi, Mattouzzi, Mattevi, Mattia, Mattiassi, Mattiato, Mattiazzi, Mattiello, Mattioni, Mattiuzzi, Mattissi, Mattucci, Matussi and many more.
Early Notables of the Maffeo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Mattiolo Mattioli (died 1480), Italian author, professor of philosophy and medicine; Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577), Italian herbalist; and Ercole Antonio Mattioli (1640-1694), Italian minister; Lapo Mazzei, a humanist and public official in Prato in 1350. Luigi Mattei (died 1675) was an Italian military General... Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maffeo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maffeo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Matteis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1741; Giacomo Mattei and Aynese Matteo, who both arrived on the S.S. Vincenzo Florio from Palermo in New York City in 1881.
Contemporary Notables of the name Maffeo (post 1700)
- Lois Maffeo, American musician and writer
- Pablo Maffeo Becerra (b. 1997), Spanish footballer
- Maffeo Pantaleoni (1857-1924), Italian economist
- Maffeo Giovanni Ducoli (1918-2012), Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Belluno-Feltre (1975–1996)
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