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 Mazzucca 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 Mazzucca family
Early History of the Mazzucca family
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Mazzucca Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Mazzucca 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 Mazzucca family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mazzucca family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mazzucca arrived in North America very early: Anthony Mazzucchi, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834.
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