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Masini History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Masini 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 Masini 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 Masini family

The surname Masini 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 Masini family

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Masini 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 Masini 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 Masini family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was members of the Masini 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...
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Migration of the Masini family to the New World and Oceana

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

Masini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfredo Masini, aged 34, who landed in America from Florence, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfredo Masini, aged 11, who settled in America from Succa, Italy, in 1907
  • Adolfo Masini, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Launnari, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Masini, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Montemilone, Potenza, in 1909
  • Aldo Masini, aged 1, who landed in America from Rinsini, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Masini (post 1700)

  • Donna Masini, American poet and novelist, recipient of the Barnard Women Poet’s Prize for That Kind of Danger
  • Alfred Masini (1930-2010), American television producer, recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Pioneer Award (2003)
  • Tobia Masini (b. 1976), Italian auto racing driver, Superstars Series Champion (2005)
  • Simone Masini (b. 1984), Italian footballer
  • Marco Masini (b. 1964), Italian singer-songwriter
  • Girolamo Masini (1840-1885), Italian sculptor from Florence, Tuscany, best known for his bronze statue of Cola di Rienzi (1877)
  • Galliano Masini (1896-1986), Italian operatic tenor, first tenor at the Rome Opera from 1930 to 1950
  • Gerardo Masini (b. 1982), Argentine footballer
  • Francesco Masini (1894-1964), Maltese lawyer and politician

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