Mazzavillani History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Mazzavillani 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.
Early Origins of the Mazzavillani family
The surname Mazzavillani 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.
Important Dates for the Mazzavillani family
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Mazzavillani Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Mazzavillani include Mazza, Mazzetto, Mazzinghi, Mazzoleni, Mazzarelli, Mazzetti, Mazzino, Mazzini, Mazzola, Mazzoli, Mazzuoli, Mazzoletti, Mazzotta, Mazzotti, Mazzone, Mazzoni, Mazzali, Mazzanti and many more.
Early Notables of the Mazzavillani family (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 among his works is a bust of King Ferrante of Naples. Giulio Mazzoni was a famous painter and sculptor in Piacenza during the early 16th century, an was a pupil of Vasari. Marc'Antonio Mazzone was a Venetian musician who wrote 2 books of madrigals during the 16th century. Jacopo di...
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Migration of the Mazzavillani family
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mazzavillani: Baldo Mazzarelli, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1866, Concetta and Filomena Mazza, who arrived in New York in 1881 aboard the S.S. Vincenzo Florio from Palermo, Antonio Mazza and Donato Mazzeo, who both sailed on the Orsola, arriving in New York March 8, 1882, as well as Antonio Mazzaro, who was Naturalized in Ashtabula County, Ohio between the years 1875-1906..