Show ContentsMatteucci History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Matteucci 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 Matteucci 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 Matteucci family

The surname Matteucci 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 Matteucci family

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Matteucci 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 Matteucci family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • 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...
  • Antonio Mazzoni was maestro di cappella in Bologna at this time, and produced many operas. Stanislao Mattei was a priest and choirmaster in Bologna and became maestro di cappella at San Francesco in 1...

Migration of the Matteucci family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Matteis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1741; Giacomo Mattei and Aynese Matteo, who both arrived on the S.S. Vincenzo Florio from Palermo in New York City in 1881.

Contemporary Notables of the name Matteucci (post 1700) +

  • Enzo Matteucci (1933-1992), Italian professional football player and coach
  • Dr. Pellegrino Matteucci (1850-1881), Italian explorer known for his expeditions to Africa
  • Domenico Matteucci (1895-1976), Italian bronze medalist pistol sports shooter at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Alice Matteucci (b. 1995), Italian tennis player, ranked World 152 (30 November 2015)
  • Felice Matteucci (1808-1887), Italian hydraulic engineer who co-invented the Barsanti-Matteucci engine, an early internal combustion engine
  • Carlo Matteucci (1811-1868), Italian physicist and neurophysiologist who identified the Matteucci effect, eponym of the Matteucci Medal
  • Michael Matteucci (b. 1971), Canadian retired former professional ice hockey defenceman, CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman (1995-1996) on Facebook