Venice. 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 Venice 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 Mercuri came from the Latin name Mercurius, which means messenger of the gods.
Early Origins of the Mercuri family
Early History of the Mercuri family
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Mercuri Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Mercuri include Mercurio, Mercuriali, Mercuri, Mercorio, Mercuro and many more.
Early Notables of the Mercuri family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mercuri family to the New World and Oceana
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Mercuri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Mercuri (post 1700)
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