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The surname Mazza is a common occupational name for a person who was a toolmaker. The occupational surname Mazza is derived from the Italian word mazza, which is translated as a club, hammer, mace or staff of office. The name also exists as one of a number of compound names such as Mazzacane, Mazzagalli, Mazzapica, or Mazzamici.

Mazza Early Origins



The surname Mazza was first found in Reggio-Emilia, where records can be traced to Lazzaro Mazzoli, Councillor of the State in 1186. Other early records show Blasco Mazza, who was in the Cavalry in Messina in 1287, and later became the Baron of Sellia. The Mazza family of Modena entered into the ranks of nobility in 1306.

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Mazza Spelling Variations


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Mazza Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Mazza include Mazza, Mazzetto, Mazzinghi, Mazzoleni, Mazzarelli, Mazzetti, Mazzino, Mazzini, Mazzola, Mazzoli, Mazzuoli, Mazzoletti, Mazzotta, Mazzotti, Mazzone, Mazzoni, Mazzali, Mazzanti and many more.

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Mazza Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mazza Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Filippo Mazzola, a famous painter from Parma during the late 15th century. His works can be seen in Padua, Parma, Strasburg, Naples, London, Venice, and Massachusetts. Guido Mazzoni was a famous sculptor from Modena around 1450. He is also known as "Il Paganino," and...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mazza:

Mazza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N Mazza, aged 28, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Jose Del Mazza, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • L DeLa Mazza, aged 38, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1838

Mazza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agostino Mazza, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from S. Stefano S'Aveto, in 1904
  • Andrea Mazza, aged 17, who settled in America from Fumieffado, Italy, in 1904
  • Andrea Mazza, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Montearvino Salerno, in 1905
  • Alfio Mazza, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Piedimonte, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonino Mazza, aged 25, who landed in America from Viagrande, Italy, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mazza (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mazza (post 1700)



  • Cris Mazza (b. 1956), American novelist, short story and non-fiction writer
  • Vincent "Vince" L. Mazza (b. 1925), American-born, Canadian Football League (CFL) and NFL football player
  • Richard Mazza, American politician, Member of New York American Labor Party Executive Committee, 1945
  • Nancy Mazza, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • Mae M. Mazza, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • Joseph S. Mazza, American politician, First Selectman of Guilford, Connecticut, 2010-12
  • Antonio P. Mazza, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1948 (alternate), 1952; Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 4th District, 1965
  • Giampaolo Mazza (b. 1956), Italian manager of the San Marino national football team
  • Giuseppe Mazza (1817-1884), Italian painter with a Romantic style
  • Giorgio Mazza (b. 1939), retired Italian hurdler active in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

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