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 Mazzi family
Baron of Sellia. The Mazza family of Modena entered into the ranks of nobility in 1306.
Mazzi 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 Mazzi 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 Mazzi 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...
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Migration of the Mazzi family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mazzi: 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..
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