From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Magis 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 Magis 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 Magis family
The surname Magis 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 Magis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magis research.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1630 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Magis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Magis Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Magis are Maggio, Maggi, Maggiolini, Maggini, Maggiello, Maggiora, Maganini, Maggiolo, Maggioni, Maggione, Maggiore, Maggiulini, Magguilli, Maghetti, Magis, Magio, Magiocco and many more.
Early Notables of the Magis 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 Magis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Magis family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Magis:
Magis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Magis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)