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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".

Masi Early Origins



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.

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Masi Spelling Variations


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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.

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Masi Early History


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Masi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masi research. More information is included under the topic Early Masi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Masi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masi Early Notables (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...

Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Masi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated to America from Domegge, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Masi, aged 26, who emigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masi (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

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

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