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Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Manzano. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Manzano is a common occupational name for a person who raised steers having being derived from the Italian word Manzo, meaning steer. During the Middle Ages, Italian society was primarily based on agriculture and accordingly agricultural occupations were quite frequently shown in the development of these surnames.


The surname Manzano was first found in Friuli (Venetian: Friul), an area of northeastern Italy, with Patriarca di Aquileia Volserico Manzano in 1083.

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 Manzano are Manzo, Manzano, Manzoni, Manzonni, Manzonne, Mansone, Manzu, Manzuoli, Manzuolo, Manzi, Manzoli, Manzolo, Manzano, Manzelli, Manzina, Manzini and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manzano research. Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1785 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Manzano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Torpe di Federico del Mansone of Sicily, a priest in Pisa for 7 years. His son acquired the position after his death. Pier Angelo Manzoli, a poet and philosopher in Ferrara in 1500; Cianciano Manzano was commander of the castle of Manzano, which stands...

Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Manzano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Manzano or a variant listed above:

Manzano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andres Manzano, who arrived in Veragua in 1835
  • Juan Manzano, who arrived in New Spain in 1837
  • Jose Del Manzano, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1838
  • Demetrio Manzano, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Ramon Antonio Del Manzano, aged 21, landed in Puerto Rico in 1859
  • ...

  • Carlos Manzano, American politician
  • Jesse Manzano, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • Carlos Manzano, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for borough President of Manhattan, New York, 2005
  • Rodrigo del Manzano (1893-1976), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1948
  • Juan Pío Manzano Fajardo (1817-1901), Mexican physician and politician
  • José María Álvarez del Manzano y López del Hierro (b. 1937), Spanish politician, Mayor of Madrid (1991-2003)
  • Jesús María Manzano Ruano (b. 1978), former Spanish professional road racing cyclist
  • Ignacio Urrutia Manzano (1879-1951), Chilean politician, President of the Senate of Chile (1933-1934) and (1935-1936)
  • Gregorio "Goyo" Manzano Ballesteros (b. 1956), Spanish football manager
  • Eduardo Manzano II (b. 1938), Mexican comedian and actor
  • ...

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    Other References

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    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    5. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Manzano Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Manzano Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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