Massaro 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 Massaro. 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 Massaro 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 Massaro family

The surname Massaro 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 Massaro family

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Massaro 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 Massaro 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 Massaro 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 Siena. Count Milan Massari received his noble title from the Pope for his value to the society; of this same family, Galeozzo Massari was honoured with the title...
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Massaro Ranking

In the United States, the name Massaro is the 10,195th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Massaro migration to the United States +

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

Massaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agostino Massaro, aged 17, who settled in America from Fragagnano, Italy, in 1911
  • Agostino Massaro, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Caivano, Italy, in 1912
  • Andrea Massaro, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Capatrise, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Massaro, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States from Capodrise, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Massaro, aged 44, who landed in America from Moiano, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Massaro (post 1700) +

  • Dominic W. Massaro, American Professor of Psychology and Computer Engineering
  • Mike Massaro, American racing analyst at ESPN for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • Ashley Marie Massaro (b. 1979), American professional wrestler
  • John Massaro (b. 1957), American conductor, opera director, composer, and pianist
  • Sergeant Major John R. Massaro (b. 1930), 8th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1977-1979)
  • Samuel Massaro, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 23rd District, 1942 [2]
  • Ida Massaro, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [2]
  • Dominic Massaro, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1995 [2]
  • Roberto Massaro (b. 1983), Italian footballer
  • Daniele Massaro (b. 1961), former Italian football forward, member of the Italian squad that won the FIFA World Cup held in Spain in 1982
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