Magris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Magris originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Magris came from a tall person. The surname Macri is derived from the Greek word makri, which means long or tall. Alternatively, the surname Macri is a local name that was originally derived from an ancient bishopric in the Roman imperial province of Mauritania Sitifiensis, in North Africa. This province was where the Aranian King Humerico expelled the Roman Catholics, including the Bishop of Macri, in 479 AD. The surname Macri was found in documents since the Middle Ages, particularly in regions where Greek and Neo-Greek influence was great, such as southern Italy.

Early Origins of the Magris family

The surname Magris was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, with earliest records showing Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, a writer and neo-Platonist philosopher during the 5th century.

Early History of the Magris family

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Magris Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Magris include Macri, Magri, Macrillo, Macrini and many more.

Early Notables of the Magris family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Stefano Macri, secretary of the King of Sicily in the 15th century; Algiazio Macris was the landlord of 10 territories...
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Migration of the Magris family

An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Magris or a variant listed above: Abinfia Macri, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island from Acqnaro, Italy, in 1916; Agostina Macri, aged 2, who arrived at Ellis Island from Carfizzi, Italy, in 1922.



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