Show ContentsMarioni History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Marioni 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 Marioni 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 Marioni family

The surname Marioni 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 Marioni family

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

Early Notables of the Marioni 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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Migration of the Marioni family

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Marioni or a variant listed above: Marianna, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1823; and Cajeton Mariani, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1854.

Contemporary Notables of the name Marioni (post 1700) +

  • Tom Marioni (b. 1937), American conceptual artist from San Francisco, California
  • Dante Marioni (b. 1964), American glass artist from Mill Valley, California
  • Paul Marioni (b. 1941), American glass artist from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Bruno Marioni (b. 1975), born Bruno Giménez, a retired Argentine football striker on Facebook