From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maggiore 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 Maggiore 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 Maggiore family
The surname Maggiore 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 Maggiore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maggiore research.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Maggiore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Maggiore Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Maggiore 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 Maggiore 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 Maggiore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maggiore family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Maggiore were among those contributors:
Maggiore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angela Maggiore, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Lipari, in 1901
- Antonino Maggiore, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Bagheria, in 1904
- Alberto Maggiore, aged 10, who landed in America from Bagheria, in 1905
- Antonina Maggiore, aged 2, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1907
- Alberto Maggiore, aged 17, who landed in America from Villabate, Sicily, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Maggiore (post 1700)
- Christine Joy Maggiore (1956-2008), American HIV-positive activist