The distinguished surname Mazzucco 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 Mazzucco 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 Mazzucco family
The surname Mazzucco was first found in Gallipoli, in the region of Puglia, as early as the 13th century.
Early History of the Mazzucco family
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Mazzucco 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 Mazzucco 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 Mazzucco 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... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mazzucco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mazzucco family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mazzucco arrived in North America very early: Anthony Mazzucchi, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mazzucco (post 1700)
- Massimo Mazzucco (b. 1954), Italian filmmaker
- Joe Mazzucco (b. 1891), Canadian racecar driver of Italian descent
- Raphael "Rafael" Mazzucco, Canadian fashion, art and music photographer
- Alexandra Mazzucco (b. 1993), German handball player, member of the Germany National Team (2015-)