Mario History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mario comes from the ancient Medieval culture of France, that specifically of a northwestern region known as Breton. It was a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Mario was derived from the Hebrew name Miryam, which means wished for child.

Early Origins of the Mario family

The surname Mario was first found in Brittany (French: Bretagne), where this family held a family seat since ancient times.

The branch Marionel in Lorraine was ennobled in 1598. Thomas Marie, of the branch established in Burgundy, was ennobled in 1661, in return for his services in the position of lieutenant-general in the bailiwick, and of mayor of Auxerre, a position which he had held over a duration of ten years. The branch Marion de la Bretonnière was ennobled in 1704. Of the branch Marion de Procé came two aldermen of Nantes, in 1669 and in 1780, and also two magistrates. Charles-Stanislas Marion was a general, who entered into the nobility in 1810, and François-Louis Marion was a chief commander in Napoleon's empire, who received his title to nobility in 1814. The members of the branch established in Lorraine became barons in 1816. From the branch Marion de Beaulieu stemmed a brigadier and a Baron in 1820.

Also in 1820, the members of the branch Marion des Noyers, in Brittany, became barons. In Guyenne, some members of the family settled in a town in the department of Gironde, in the district of Bazas.

Nicolas Marion, Lord of Fontaine and merchant of Quebec, married Marie Gueric in France in 1665. They travelled together to the New World, along with their son, Guillaume, who was born in 1667. Guillaume married Marie-Madeleine Demers in Quebec in 1698. [1]

Early History of the Mario family

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Mario Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Mario include Marion, Marionnaud, Marionneau, Mariot, Mariotte, Mariolle, Marie, Mariel, Marielle, Marionel, Marionelle, Mariet, Mariette, Mariéton and many more.

Early Notables of the Mario family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mario family

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Mario were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mario were Pierre Marionneau, who lived in Louisiana in 1722; Joseph Marie, who was a fisherman in New Orleans in 1727; Thérèse Marie, who lived in New Orleans in 1727.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mario (post 1700) +

  • Guiseppe Mario (1810-1883), Italian tenor
  • Bruno Mario Rossetti (1960-2018), Italian sports shooter and Olympic bronze medalist at the at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona
  • John Mario Gazzola (b. 1957), Australian politician, President of the South Australian Legislative Council (2012-2014)
  • Pedro Mario Maffia (1899-1967), Argentine tango bandoneonist, bandleader, composer and teacher, inspiration of the song A Pedro Maffia
  • Thomas Mario Haas (b. 1978), German silver medalist tennis player at the 2000 Olympic Games, as of 2017 he has won $13,609,987
  • Héctor Mario López Fuentes (1930-2015), Guatemalan general, Army Chief of Staff
  • Agustín Mario Cejas (1945-2015), Argentine football goalkeeper
  • Oscar Mario Arauz Soleto (b. 1980), Bolivian football striker
  • Nicolás Mario Domingo (b. 1985), Argentine football midfielder
  • Jorge Mario Olguín (b. 1952), retired Argentine footballer

The Mario Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nos murs, nos lois
Motto Translation: Our walls, our laws

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook
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