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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.

Marchese Early Origins



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.

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Marchese Spelling Variations


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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.

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Marchese Early History


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Marchese Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marchese research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1475, 1494 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Marchese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Marchese Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Marchese Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Girolamo Marchesi, a painter during the 15th century. One of his most famous works lies in the Brera Gallery in Milan and is entitled "Madonna in Glory and Saints." Giacomo Marchesana was a Knight and was Senator of Catania in 1475...

Another 116 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marchese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Marchese (post 1700)


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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
  • 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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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Marchese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marchese Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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