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The surname Mazzei 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.


The surname Mazzei 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.

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 Mazzei are Mazza, Mazzetto, Mazzinghi, Mazzoleni, Mazzarelli, Mazzetti, Mazzino, Mazzini, Mazzola, Mazzoli, Mazzuoli, Mazzoletti, Mazzotta, Mazzotti, Mazzone, Mazzoni, Mazzali, Mazzanti and many more.


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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In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mazzei were found:

Mazzei Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amalia Mazzei, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Barcellona Italy, in 1906
  • Alberta Mazzei, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Casalguidi, Italy, in 1910
  • Carmine Mazzei, aged 48, who landed in America from Cairano, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Mazzei, aged 33, who landed in America from Forino, Italy, in 1911
  • Angelo Mazzei, aged 18, who landed in America from Tagliacozzo, Italy, in 1912
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  • Frank Mazzei (1912-1977), American Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1967-1975)
  • Mike Mazzei (b. 1965), American politician, Oklahoma State Senator (2004-), Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Oklahoma Senate
  • Frank Mazzei (1912-1977), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956, 1960, 1964; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 43rd District, 1967-76
  • Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), Italian physician and a promoter of liberty, close friend of Thomas Jefferson and was an agent to purchase arms for Virginia during the American Revolutionary War
  • Júlio Mazzei, Brazilian soccer coach

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    Other References

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    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Mazzei Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mazzei 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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