Mercurio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Mercurio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of 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 Mercurio came from the Latin name Mercurius, which means messenger of the gods.

Early Origins of the Mercurio family

The surname Mercurio was first found in the town of Forli

Important Dates for the Mercurio family

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Mercurio 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 Mercurio include Mercurio, Mercuriali, Mercuri, Mercorio, Mercuro and many more.

Early Notables of the Mercurio family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Geronimo Mercuriali (1530-1606), an Italian philologist and physician, most famous for his work De Arte Gymnastica; Girolamo Mercuriali, a nobleman from Forlì who was a doctor to Popes Gregorio XIII and...
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Mercurio migration to the United States

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mercurio:

Mercurio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Mercurio, aged 8, who landed in America from Feraccini, in 1898
  • Agostino Antonio Mercurio, aged 22, who landed in America from Fermino, in 1899
  • Angela Mercurio, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Mercartro, in 1899
  • Antonina Mercurio, aged 36, who settled in America from Fermino, in 1899
Mercurio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonio Mercurio, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Sustro, in 1900
  • Biagio Mercurio, aged 11, who landed in America from Termini-Tne, in 1900
  • Carmela Mercurio, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Sersale, in 1901
  • Antonio Mercurio, aged 15, who landed in America from S. Flaira, in 1904
  • Angela Mercurio, aged 17, who settled in America from Salerno, in 1904
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mercurio (post 1700)

  • Steven Mercurio (b. 1956), Italian American conductor and composer
  • Michael Mercurio (b. 1972), American actor
  • Augustino Eugenio "Gus" Mercurio (1928-2010), American-born Australian character actor
  • Vincent A. Mercurio, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1964 [1]
  • Tony Mercurio, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 [1]
  • Margaret M. Mercurio, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1960 [1]
  • Linda A. Mercurio, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 2000 [1]
  • Joseph M. Mercurio, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 12th District, 1996 [1]
  • Fabio Mercurio (b. 1966), Italian mathematician
  • Jed Mercurio (b. 1966), British author, TV and film producer and (non practicing) medical doctor
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Historic Events for the Mercurio family

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Giuseppe Mercurio (1967-1996), from Palo del Colle, Italy, Italian passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [2]

Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
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