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Mazzucca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname Mazzucca 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 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


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

Early History of the Mazzucca family


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Mazzucca Spelling Variations


Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of 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)


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 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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