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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.

Mazzuca Early Origins



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

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Mazzuca Spelling Variations


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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 Mazzu ca. These spelling variations include Mazzucco, Mazucco, Mazzuco, Mazuco, Mazzucchi, Mazzuchi, Mazzuccho, Mazzucchi, Mazzocchi, Mazzochi, Mazzuchelli, Mazzucchelli, Mazzuchini, Mazzucchini, Mazzuca, Mazzucca, Mazzucone and many more.

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Mazzuca Early History


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Mazzuca Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mazzuca research. More information is included under the topic Early Mazzuca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mazzuca Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mazzuca Early Notables (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...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mazzuca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mazzuca (post 1700)


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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)
  • Eugene F. Mazzuca, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 2nd District; Elected 1964

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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    The Mazzuca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mazzuca 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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