Show ContentsMarzano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Marzano 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 Marzano was derived from the name Marco which is in turn derived from the Latin name Marcus.

Early Origins of the Marzano family

The surname Marzano was first found in the region of Calabria, with Guglielmo di Marzano in 1180, a prominent figure in the town of Marzano.

Early History of the Marzano family

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Marzano Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Marzano include Marciano, Marciani, Marcian, Marzano, Marchiano, Marchiani, Marziano, Marziani and many more.

Early Notables of the Marzano family

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giovan-Domenico Marzani, a lawyer in Trentino during the early 16th century; members of the Marziani family of Lombardy were officially...
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Marzano Ranking

In the United States, the name Marzano is the 14,836th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Marzano migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Marzano:

Marzano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Marzano, aged 13, who landed in America from Trani, in 1906
  • Canis or Canio Marzano, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States from Potenza, Chiriconuovo, Italy, in 1909
  • Dominico Marzano, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Bivongi, Italy, in 1909
  • Donata Marzano, aged 34, who landed in America from Modugno, Italy, in 1910
  • Francesco Marzano, aged 18, who landed in America from Acerra, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Marzano (post 1700) +

  • John "Johnny" Robert Marzano (1963-2008), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Marco Marzano (b. 1980), Italian professional road bicycle racer

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