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Massarelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Tuscany, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Massarelli. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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; 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common that other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent, that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Massarelli is a name for a person who worked on a farm as a manager deriving its origin from the ancient Italian word massaio.

Early Origins of the Massarelli family


The surname Massarelli was first found in the town of Lucca. Records are found in 1285 with Mazzeo di Gerardo Mazzei, mayor of the Commune of Pietrasanta.

Early History of the Massarelli family


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Massarelli Spelling Variations


There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Massarelli are Massari, Massaro, Amassari, Massai, Massarelli, Massarini, Massarino, Massarin, Massaroli, Massarolli, Massariolo, Massarotti, Massarotto, Massarutti, Massarutto, Massarut, Massardo, Massarente, Massarenti, Massiani, Massei and many more.

Early Notables of the Massarelli family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family was Apollonio Massiani, Bishop of Savona in 1439. Antonio del Massaro (1450-1516), was an Italian painter. Virginio Massiani was a Captain in Siena in 1526. Nicol di Pietro Massei was a military Captain in Lucca under Cosimo I and was prominent in the battle against...
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Migration of the Massarelli family to the New World and Oceana


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Massarelli:

Massarelli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francesco Massarelli, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from S. Maria Capio, in 1898

Massarelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marianna Massarelli, aged 35, who landed in America from Cerreto Sannito, Italy, in 1907
  • Raffaele Massarelli, aged 23, who landed in America from Modugna, Italy, in 1907
  • Settimio Massarelli, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Sangemini, Italy, in 1907
  • Giovanna Massarelli, aged 23, who landed in America from Montefranco, Italy, in 1912
  • Antonio Massarelli, aged 24, who settled in America from Cerreto, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Massarelli (post 1700)


  • John David Massarelli (b. 1966), American baseball manager of the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League

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