Maffia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Maffia 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 Maffia came from the personal name Matteo, which is the Italian form of the English Matthew. Ultimately, the name was from the Hebrew Matthew the Apostle or Saint Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus 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 Maffia family

The surname Maffia 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 Maffia family

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Maffia Spelling Variations

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 Maffia 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, was a humanist and public official in Prato in 1350 and Luigi Mattei (died 1675) was an Italian military General and Marquis de Belmonte. Vincenzo Matteucci was a renowned military leader during the 16th century. Nicola Matteis was a prominent violinist, who published 3 books for the violin in 1672 and later went on to teach and perform in London. Antonio Mazzoni was maestro di cappella in Bologna at...
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United States Maffia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maffia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Pasquale Maffia, aged 29, originally from Castellabate, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Canada" from Naples, Italy [1]
  • Giuseppe Maffia, originally from Castellabate, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Canada" from Naples, Italy [2]
  • Stanislao Maffia, aged 44, originally from Ariano, Italy, who arrived in New-York in 1920 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maffia (post 1700) +

  • Roma Maffia (b. 1958), American actress, known for her roles in Nip/Tuck (2003-2010) and Profiler (1996-2000)
  • Pedro Mario Maffia (1899-1967), Argentine tango bandoneonist, bandleader, composer and teacher, inspiration of the song A Pedro Maffia
  • Lisa Finch Maffia (b. 1979), English singer-songwriter, musician, fashion designer, model and presenter on Facebook