Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maggio family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice 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 Maggio came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
Early Origins of the Maggio family
Early History of the Maggio family
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Maggio Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Maggio include Maggio, Maggi, Maggiolini, Maggini, Maggiello, Maggiora, Maganini, Maggiolo, Maggioni, Maggione, Maggiore, Maggiulini, Magguilli, Maghetti, Magis, Magio, Magiocco and many more.
Early Notables of the Maggio family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Carlo Maria Maggi (1630-1699), an Italian scholar, writer and poet in Milan; and Giovanni Paolo Maggini, a violin-maker in Brescia during the 16th century. He...
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Migration of the Maggio family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Maggios to arrive on North American shores: Anthony Maggi, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808; Joseph Maggini settled in Mississippi in 1856; Domenico Maggiora settled in California in 1901.
Contemporary Notables of the name Maggio (post 1700)
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