From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maggiolo 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 Maggiolo 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 Maggiolo family
The surname Maggiolo was first found in the city of Cremona, where records are found with the Maggi family, from which came 57 priests between 1096 and 1791.
Early History of the Maggiolo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maggiolo research.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Maggiolo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Maggiolo 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 Maggiolo 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 Maggiolo 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maggiolo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maggiolo family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Maggiolo arrived in North America very early: Anthony Maggi, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808; Joseph Maggini settled in Mississippi in 1856; Domenico Maggiora settled in California in 1901.