Show ContentsMariano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Mariano originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Mariano came from the given name Mariano which was used in honor of the martyr St. Mariano. The name may have been also derived from the expression "Maria Vergine" or "the Virgin Mary."

Early Origins of the Mariano family

The surname Mariano was first found in Umbria in the ancient city of Assisi, famous for Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order based on poverty and a love for nature. Records are found in 1111, with the Mariani family, of highest nobility in the city at this time.

Early History of the Mariano family

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Mariano 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 Mariano include Mariani, Mariano, Marianinni, Marianna, Marianelli and many more.

Early Notables of the Mariano family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Camillo Mariani (1565-1611), an Italian sculptor of the early Baroque; Giacomo Mariani, a Vicar in Assisi during the mid 15th century...
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Mariano Ranking

In the United States, the name Mariano is the 7,527th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Mariano migration to the United States +

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mariano or a variant listed above:

Mariano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Mariano, aged 45, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Vicente Mariano, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858 [2]
  • Andres Mariano, aged 20, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881 [2]
Mariano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelo Mariano, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Canistro Aquila, in 1905
  • Angela Mariano, aged 39, who landed in America from Rusti, Italy, in 1906
  • Angelo Mariano, aged 24, who landed in America from Occettura, Italy, in 1907
  • Anna Mariano, aged 29, who landed in America from Fisciano, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Mariano, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Accettane, Italy, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mariano (post 1700) +

  • Guy Mariano (b. 1976), American professional skateboarder
  • Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano, American fashion model
  • Rear Admiral Eleanor Concepcion "Connie" Mariano (b. 1955), Filipino-American physician, former White House Physician
  • Charlie Mariano (1923-2009), American jazz musician
  • Detto Mariano (1937-2020), Italian composer, arranger, lyricist, pianist, record producer and music publisher who died of COVID-19 at the age of 82
  • Nelson Mariano II (b. 1974), Philippines fifth International Chess Grandmaster
  • Otacílio Mariano Neto (b. 1982), Brazilian footballer
  • Luis Mariano (1914-1970), born Mariano Eusebio González y García, Spanish-French singer
  • Frank Mariano Tejeda (1945-1997), American Democratic Party politician, Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; Lawyer; Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1977-86; Member of Texas State Senate, 1987-92; U.S. Representative from Texas 28th District, 1993-97
  • José Mariano Serrano (1788-1852), Bolivian-born statesman and jurist

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook