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Where did the Italian Marzan family come from? What is the Italian Marzan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marzan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marzan family history?

The distinguished surname Marzan can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily 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 Marzan was derived from the name Marco which is in turn derived from the Latin name Marcus.


Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Marzan. These spelling variations include Marciano, Marciani, Marcian, Marzano, Marchiano, Marchiani, Marziano, Marziani and many more.

First found in the region of Calabria, with Guglielmo di Marzano in 1180, a prominent figure in the town of Marzano.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marzan research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1450, and 1812 are included under the topic Early Marzan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marzan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Marzan: Achille Marciano, aged 50, arrived at Ellis Island in 1896; Agostino Marciano, aged 24, arrived at Ellis Island in 1896; Alfonzo Marciano, aged 46, arrived at Ellis Island from Striano in 1899.


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The Marzan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marzan 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.

This page was last modified on 15 May 2013 at 14:14.

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