From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Marchesich 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 Marchesich 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 Marchesich family
The surname Marchesich 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 Marchesich family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marchesich research.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1475, 1494 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Marchesich History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marchesich 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 Marchesich are Marchesi, Marchese, Marchesich, Marchesini, Marcheselli, Marchesin, Marchesana, Marchisio, Marchesotti and many more.
Early Notables of the Marchesich family (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 Marchesich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Marchesich family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Marchesich: Agostino Marchese, aged 11, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Palermo, Sicily
, in 1922; Alessandro Marchese, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Castall Alfero, Italy, in 1910.