Show ContentsMassi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Massi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, derived from the father's given name. The surname Massi came from the personal name Matteo, which is the Italian form of the English Matthew. Ultimately, the name was from the Hebrew Matthew the Apostle or Saint Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and meant "gift of God."

This name was adopted into Latin as both Matthias and Matthaeus. During the medieval era, the personal name Matteo became popular as people often named their children after popular saints in the hopes that the child would enjoy that saint's patronage in later life.

Early Origins of the Massi family

The surname Massi was first found in Abruzzi, a region in central Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Massi family

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Massi Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mattei, Mattedi, Matteini, Matteis, Matteo, Matteolli, Matteoni, Matteotti, Matteucci, Matteuzzi, Mattussi, Mattuzzi, Mattouzzi, Mattevi, Mattia, Mattiassi, Mattiato, Mattiazzi, Mattiello, Mattioni, Mattiuzzi, Mattissi, Mattucci, Matussi and many more.

Early Notables of the Massi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Mattiolo Mattioli (died 1480), Italian author, professor of philosophy and medicine; Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577), Italian herbalist; and Ercole Antonio Mattioli (1640-1694), Italian minister. Lapo Mazzei, was a humanist and public official in Prato in 1350 and Luigi Mattei (died 1675) was an Italian military General and Marquis de Belmonte. Vincenzo Matteucci was a renowned military leader during the 16th century. Nicola Matteis was a prominent violinist, who published 3 books for the violin in 1672 and later went on to teach and perform in London. Antonio Mazzoni was maestro di cappella in Bologna at...
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United States Massi migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Massi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Egidio Santo Massi, aged 43, who settled in America from Italy, in 1893
Massi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Calcedonio Massi, aged 40, who immigrated to America from Sassoferrato, Italy, in 1909
  • Domenico Massi, aged 30, who landed in America from Dorame, Italy, in 1909
  • Argentina Massi, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Colormella, Italy, in 1911
  • Carmine Massi, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Palomonte, Italy, in 1912
  • Carlo Massi, aged 45, who landed in America from Acquasanta, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Massi (post 1700) +

  • Nick Massi (1927-2000), born Nicholas Macioci, an American bass singer and bass guitarist for the Four Seasons, inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Robert E. Massi, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1974; Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1980 [1]
  • Emidio Massi (1922-2016), Italian Socialist politician, President of Marche (1978-1990)
  • Valentina Massi (b. 1983), Italian model, Miss Universo Italia 2007
  • Stelvio Massi (1929-2004), Italian crime and action film director
  • Rodolfo Massi (b. 1965), Italian former professional road bicycle racer
  • Robert Massi (b. 1987), Swedish footballer

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