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Mazzuca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname Mazzuca can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Mazzuca was derived from the surname Mazza, which is a nickname type of name for a person who was a toolmaker. The occupational surname Mazza is derived from the Italian word mazza, which translates to club, hammer, mace or staff of office.

Early Origins of the Mazzuca family


The surname Mazzuca was first found in Gallipoli, in the region of Puglia, as early as the 13th century.

Early History of the Mazzuca family


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Mazzuca Spelling Variations


Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Mazzuca. These spelling variations include Mazzucco, Mazucco, Mazzuco, Mazuco, Mazzucchi, Mazzuchi, Mazzuccho, Mazzucchi, Mazzocchi, Mazzochi, Mazzuchelli, Mazzucchelli, Mazzuchini, Mazzucchini, Mazzuca, Mazzucca, Mazzucone and many more.

Early Notables of the Mazzuca family (pre 1700)


Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Domenico Mazzocchi (1592-1665), an Italian Baroque composer; Virgilio Mazzocchi (1597-1646), an Italian baroque composer ; Cristoforo Mazzuchelli, who was General under Luigi Gonzaga, ruler of Mantua during the mid 14th century. This family was officially given the Countal...
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Migration of the Mazzuca family to the New World and Oceana


A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mazzuca: Anthony Mazzucchi, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mazzuca (post 1700)


  • Frank C. Mazzuca (1905-1969), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1949-69 (Jackson County 1st District 1949-66, 1st District 1967-69) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Eugene F. Mazzuca, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 2nd District; Elected 1964 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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