From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Menconi family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Menconi is a name for a person who was equally adept and skilled in the use of both hands. The name Mancini is derived from the Italian word mancino, which means one who is ambidextrous.
Early Origins of the Menconi family
The surname Menconi was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the main branch of the family originates. Leonardo Mancini, was a bishop in Orvieto in 1295. Also noteworthy is Daccino Mancini, who was the ambassador to the Sicilian King in 1406 and then to the Pope in 1408. Around the same period, Giuseppe Mancini was the Archbishop of Siena, and about 400 years later, another Archbishop, this time of Cosenza, was Domenico Mancinelli. The Mancinelli family is known for being one of the oldest families in the city of Narni in the region of Umbria.
Early History of the Menconi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menconi research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1483, 1483, 1934, 1452, 1505, 1558, 1630, 1602, 1650, 1646, 1699, 1636, 1657, 1640, 1715, 1639, 1708, 1636, 1657, 1639, 1715, 1649 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Menconi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Menconi Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Menconi include Mancin, Mancina, Mancinelli, Mancinetti, Mancino and many more.
Early Notables of the Menconi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Mancinelli (1452-1505), a humanist pedagogue, grammarian, and rhetorician; Laure served brilliantly in the armies of Louis XIV, Marie was the wife of the Duc di Bouillon and patroness of men of letters such as LaFontaine, Corneille and Moliére; Hortense was the wife of... Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Menconi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Menconi family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Menconi arrived in North America quite early: Antonio and Michael Mancini, who arrived in Indiana in 1896.
Contemporary Notables of the name Menconi (post 1700)
- Lorrie Menconi (b. 1948), American model from Philadelphia, Playboy magazine's Playmate for its February 1969 issue
- Ralph J. Menconi (1915-1972), American noted medal sculptor, awarded the Freedoms Foundation Award and the Michelangelo Award in 1970
- Raffaele Menconi (1877-1942), Italian sculptor, known for his pair of bronze flagpole bases for the Fifth Avenue entrance of the New York Public Library, father of Ralph Menconi