, 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 Manzelli. 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
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 Manzelli 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.
Early Origins of the Manzelli family
The surname Manzelli was first found in Friuli (Venetian: Friul), an area of northeastern Italy, with Patriarca di Aquileia Volserico Manzano in 1083.
Early History of the Manzelli family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manzelli research.Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1785 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Manzelli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Manzelli 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 Manzelli are Manzo, Manzano, Manzoni, Manzonni, Manzonne, Mansone, Manzu, Manzuoli, Manzuolo, Manzi, Manzoli, Manzolo, Manzano, Manzelli, Manzina, Manzini and many more.
Early Notables of the Manzelli family (pre 1700)
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 Manzelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manzelli family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Manzelli or a variant listed above: Charles Manzonne, who arrived in Mississippi in 1860; Agata Manzella, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Terrasini, Sicily
, in 1920; Alfonso Manzella, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Cinisi, Sicily, in 1921.