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Where did the Italian Mazzei family come from? What is the Italian Mazzei family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mazzei family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mazzei family history?

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.


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.

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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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


  • 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
  • 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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The Mazzei Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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