Masi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Masi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. 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 Piedmont 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 Masi came from the first-name Maso, which is the short form of the personal name Tommaso. The name Tommaso, or Thomas, is itself derived from the Aramaic "toma" which means "twin".

Early Origins of the Masi family

The surname Masi was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont) in the 13th century where early records show the Masini family, decedents of a long line of counts, lived and whose members included Oddone, elected captain of the commune in 1284, and Oddonnino, governor of a town, Vercelli, in 1290.

Early History of the Masi family

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Masi Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Masi include Masella, Maselli, Masellis, Masetti, Masetto, Masi, Masiello, Masillo, Masin, Masina, Masini, Masino, Masiol, Maso, Masolini, Masolo, Mason, Masoni, Masotti, Masselli, Massetti, Massini, Masucci, Masuccio, Masulli, Masullo, Masutti, Masutto and many more.

Early Notables of the Masi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was members of the Masi family from the Piedmontese tradition include Tommaso Guidi Masaccio, who was born in 1401, and is a painter known as the Father of Modern Art. He was a member of the Florentine school, and has works from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. He was a student of Masolino and under this master, aided in the frescoing of two churches: San Clemente in Rome and the Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine at Florence. The Brancacci...
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United States Masi migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Masi or a variant listed above include:

Masi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andrea Masi, aged 23, who landed at New York from Subiaco, Italy, in 1907
  • Allesandro Masi, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Domegge, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Masi, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Serno, Salerno, in 1910
  • Angela Masi, aged 66, who landed in America from Baragiano, Italy, in 1910
  • Almerico Masi, aged 35, who landed in America from Galluccio, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Masi (post 1700) +

  • Lance Edward de Masi (1949-1950), American academic, current president of the American University in Dubai
  • Philip Samuel "Phil" Masi (1916-1990), American professional baseball player
  • Emilio Masi, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Leghorn, 1884; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Leghorn, 1897-1905 [1]
  • Giuseppe Adriano Di Masi (b. 1981), Italian footballer
  • Faliero Masi, Italian bicycle maker who founded Masi Bicycles, a racing bicycle manufacturer in the 1950s
  • Alberto Masi (b. 1992), Italian footballer
  • Francesco De Masi (1930-2005), Italian conductor and film score composer
  • Andrea Masi (b. 1981), Italian rugby union footballer
  • Alex Masi, Italian guitarist from Venice
  • Julie Ann Masi, Canadian musician, best known for her work as a percussionist and vocalist with the Parachute Club
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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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