Mesina History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Mesina can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. 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 Piedmont 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 Mesina came from the first-name Maso, which is the short form of the personal name Tommaso. The name Tommaso, or Thomas, is itself derived from the Aramaic "toma" which means "twin".

Early Origins of the Mesina family

The surname Mesina was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont) in the 13th century where early records show the Masini family, decedents of a long line of counts, lived and whose members included Oddone, elected captain of the commune in 1284, and Oddonnino, governor of a town, Vercelli, in 1290.

Early History of the Mesina family

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Mesina Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Mesina include Masella, Maselli, Masellis, Masetti, Masetto, Masi, Masiello, Masillo, Masin, Masina, Masini, Masino, Masiol, Maso, Masolini, Masolo, Mason, Masoni, Masotti, Masselli, Massetti, Massini, Masucci, Masuccio, Masulli, Masullo, Masutti, Masutto and many more.

Early Notables of the Mesina family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was members of the Mesina family from the Piedmontese tradition include Tommaso Guidi Masaccio, who was born in 1401, and is a painter known as the Father of Modern Art. He was a member of the Florentine school, and has works from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. He was a student of Masolino and under this master, aided in the frescoing of two churches: San Clemente in Rome and the Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine at Florence. The Brancacci...
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United States Mesina migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Mesina or a variant listed above include:

Mesina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francesco Mesina, aged 25, originally from Partanna, Italy, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Madonna" from Naples, Italy [1]
  • C. D. Mesina, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Monmouth" from Portland [2]
  • Pietro Mesina, aged 19, originally from Mazzara, Sicily, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Patria" from Palermo, Italy [3]
  • Loreta Mesina, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Patria" from Palermo, Italy [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mesina (post 1700) +

  • Blessed Antonia Mesina (1919-1935), Italian Roman Catholic laywoman and martyr who was was murdered in mid 1935 after she attempted to fend off a would-be rapist on Facebook
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