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The roots of the Manzoni surname are the late word "manzo," meaning an "ox." It has been suggested that the name may have originally been a nickname for someone who resembled and ox, or had the tame character of an ox. Or, it may have been an occupational name for someone who worked with oxen.

Early Origins of the Manzoni family


The surname Manzoni was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily they invaded Greece. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

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Early History of the Manzoni family

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Early History of the Manzoni family


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Manzoni Spelling Variations

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Manzoni Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Manzoni, Manzano, Manzelli, Manzi, Manzina, Manzini, Manzoli, Manzolinil, Manzolino and many more.

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Early Notables of the Manzoni family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Manzoni family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Manzoni family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Manzoni family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Manzoni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Emma Manzoni, who arrived in New York, NY on Feb. 25, 1884, aboard the "Vincenzo Florio"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Manzoni (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Manzoni (post 1700)


  • Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni (1785-1873), Italian poet and novelist
  • Giacomo Manzoni (b. 1932), Italian composer
  • Piero Manzoni (1933-1963), Italian artist
  • Sir Herbert John Baptista Manzoni CBE MICE (1899-1972), British civil engineer

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