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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.

Massaro Early Origins



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.

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Massaro Spelling Variations


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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.

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Massaro Early History


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Massaro Early History



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

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Massaro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Massaro Early Notables (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...

Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massaro 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



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 emigrated to the United States from Caivano, Italy, in 1912
  • Andrea Massaro, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Capatrise, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Massaro, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Capodrise, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Massaro, aged 44, who landed in America from Moiano, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Massaro (post 1700)


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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ida Massaro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dominic Massaro, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1995 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  2. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  11. ...

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