, 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 Manzini. 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 Manzini 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 Manzini family
The surname Manzini was first found in Friuli (Venetian: Friul), an area of northeastern Italy, with Patriarca di Aquileia Volserico Manzano in 1083.
Early History of the Manzini family
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Manzini 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 Manzini are Manzo, Manzano, Manzoni, Manzonni, Manzonne, Mansone, Manzu, Manzuoli, Manzuolo, Manzi, Manzoli, Manzolo, Manzano, Manzelli, Manzina, Manzini and many more.
Early Notables of the Manzini 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 Manzini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manzini 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 Manzini or a variant listed above:
Manzini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonio Manzini, aged 32, who settled in America from Peglio, Italy, in 1909
- Amengo Manzini, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Genova, Italy, in 1910
- Assunta Manzini, aged 23, who landed in America from Bologna, Italy, in 1911
- Cosmo Manzini, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Elenio, Itly, in 1911
- Erminia Manzini, aged 23, who landed in America from Piteghi, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Manzini (post 1700)
- Conte Carlo Antonio Manzini (1599-1677), Italian astronomer and mathematician
- Pier Angelo Conti- Manzini (1946-2003), Italian bronze medalist rower at the 1968 Summer Olympics
- Gianna Manzini (1896-1974), Italian writer
- Raimondo Manzini (1901-1988), Catholic journalist and former Christian Democratic member of Italy's Parliament
- Mike Manzini (b. 1972), South African football defender