Manzi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Manzi. 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 Manzi 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 Manzi family

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

Early History of the Manzi family

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

Early Notables of the Manzi 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 in Friulì. The Manzini family of Modena was one of the most powerful families in the city...
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United States Manzi migration to the United States +

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

Manzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alberta Manzi, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Brusecllis, Italy, in 1907
  • Amiello Manzi, aged 18, who settled in America from Angri, Italy, in 1907
  • Albina Manzi, aged 31, who landed in America from Montefiascone, Italy, in 1909
  • Andrea Manzi, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Amalfi, Italy, in 1910
  • Angelo Manzi, aged 22, who landed in America from Sonnino, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Manzi (post 1700) +

  • William Manzi III, American politician, Mayor of Methuen, Massachusetts, 2007-11
  • Warren Michael Manzi (1955-2016), American playwright and actor, who was best known for his play Perfect Crime
  • James "Jim" Manzi (b. 1963), American software entrepreneur and political commentator
  • Catello R. Manzi (b. 1950), American harness racing driver and trainer, inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Jim Manzi (b. 1951), American former chairman, president and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation
  • George Manzi, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwalk, 1902 [1]
  • Frank J. Manzi, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 46th District, 1966 [1]
  • Albert P. Manzi, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972 [1]
  • Alberto Manzi (1924-1997), Italian school teacher, a writer and an Italian television host
  • Franco Manzi (b. 1966), Italian Catholic priest and academic
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