The surname Mazzella 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 Mazzella family
The surname Mazzella 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.
Mazzella Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Mazzella 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 Mazzella 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... Another 220 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mazzella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mazzella family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mazzella
Mazzella Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agnello Mazzella, aged 23, who landed in America from Ponza, Italy, in 1905
- Angelo Mazzella, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Pellejano, Italy, in 1907
- Angelo Mazzella, aged 33, who settled in America from Serrone, Italy, in 1907
- Antonio Mazzella, aged 24, who settled in America from Ponza, Caserta, Italy, in 1909
- Agostino Mazzella, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Ponza, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mazzella (post 1700)
- Mike Mazzella (b. 1972), American producer and actor, known for his work on Killer Weed (2007), Le grand Voyage de Giovanni (2008) and A Fine Step (2014)
- Dawn Mazzella (b. 1990), American stunt woman, known for her work on Repossessed, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) and Monolith (1993)
- Enrico Mazzella (1833-1897), Italian cleric, Archbishop of Bari
- Cardinal Camillo Mazzella (1833-1900), Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal
- Luigi Mazzella (b. 1932), Italian lawyer, former judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy (2005-2014)
- Gian Luca Mazzella, Italian wine critic, journalist and documentarian
- Kavisha Mazzella AM (b. 1959), stage name of Paola Mazzella, Australian multi-instrumental musician, activist and painter, awarded the ARIA Award for Best World Music Album in 1998