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 Mazzuchi 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 Mazzuchi family
Early History of the Mazzuchi family
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Mazzuchi Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Mazzuchi are Mazzucco, Mazucco, Mazzuco, Mazuco, Mazzucchi, Mazzuchi, Mazzuccho, Mazzucchi, Mazzocchi, Mazzochi, Mazzuchelli, Mazzucchelli, Mazzuchini, Mazzucchini, Mazzuca, Mazzucca, Mazzucone and many more.
Early Notables of the Mazzuchi 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 Mazzuchi family to the New World and Oceana
An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Mazzuchi: Anthony Mazzucchi, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1834.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mazzuchi (post 1700)
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