Show ContentsMarchese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Marchese family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Marchese came from a feudal lord. The surname Marchesi is derived from the medieval Latin word marca, which means the territory over which feudal lords reigned. At the end of the Middle Ages, the word marchese became a nobiliary title as Count or duke. The nickname marchese was later given also to people who worked for a marquis or were part of his routine. Also, people who played the role of a marquis in pageants and festivals could afterward acquire the nickname of marchese.

Early Origins of the Marchese family

The surname Marchese was first found in Lombardy (Italian: Lombardia), with records from the 10th century showing that the Marchese family was of upper nobility in the region.

Early History of the Marchese family

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Marchese Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Marchese include Marchesi, Marchese, Marchesich, Marchesini, Marcheselli, Marchesin, Marchesana, Marchisio, Marchesotti and many more.

Early Notables of the Marchese family

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was

  • Salinbene Marchese received three large feudal territories from King Federico II because of his dedication as the King's secretary and consultant. Giovanni Marchese was Bishop of Patti in 1494
  • the Marchese family in Naples owned 43 territories and were recognized as nobility in Naples, Capua, and Rome. Luigi Marchesi, was a male soprano from Milan who acquired international fame during the...

Marchese Ranking

In the United States, the name Marchese is the 6,215th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States Marchese migration to the United States +

Early immigration records have shown some of the first Marcheses to arrive on North American shores:

Marchese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfredo Marchese, aged 4, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1903
  • Alfonso Marchese, aged 29, who landed in America from Sarno, Italy, in 1908
  • Accursia Marchese, aged 16, who landed in America from Sciacia, Sicily, in 1909
  • Alberta Marchese, aged 30, who settled in America from Partinico, Palermo, in 1909
  • Alessandro Marchese, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States from Castall Alfero, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marchese (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Marchese (b. 1987), American professional poker player
  • Carl Marchese (1905-1984), American racecar driver
  • Matt Marchese, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 2
  • Giovanni Marchese (b. 1984), Italian footballer
  • Rosario Marchese (b. 1952), Canadian politician in Ontario for the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina (1999-2014)
  • Vincenzo Marchese (b. 1983), Italian-German footballer

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