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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Messina. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Messina family lived in the Italian province and town of the same name. The city of Messina is situated in northeast Sicily on the homonymous strait which is the channel separating the Italian peninsula from the island of Sicily.

Messina Early Origins



The surname Messina was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B. C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

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Messina Spelling Variations


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Messina Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Messina, Mussina, Massina, Mezzina, Messinetti, Messinese, Messineo, Massina, Mussena and many more.

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Messina Early History


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Messina Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Messina research. Another 360 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1420, 1478, 1554, 1578, 1651, 1682, and 1808 are included under the topic Early Messina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Messina Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Messina Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Messina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Messina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Messina, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1836
  • Felix Maria Messina, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1862
  • Francisco and Mariani Messina, who both sailed aboard the "SS Letimbro" from Palermo, arriving in New York December 3, 1888
  • Francesco Messina, who arrived in New York in 1891 aboard the SS Anglia

Messina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agata Messina, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Palermo, Sicily, in 1906
  • Agata Messina, aged 30, who landed in America from Castrogiovanni, Sicily, in 1907
  • Agata Messina, aged 16, who landed in America from Partanna, Sicily, in 1909
  • Adelma Messina, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Fumefreddo, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfio Messina, aged 42, who settled in America from Crecardagne, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Messina (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Messina (post 1700)



  • Jo Dee Messina, American country music singer-songwriter
  • Domenico Messina (b. 1962), Italian football referee
  • Ettore Messina (b. 1959), Italian basketball coach
  • Guido Messina (b. 1931), Italian road bicycle and track cyclist
  • Germain Francelin Tiko Messina (b. 1990), Cameroonian footballer
  • Geoffroy Messina (b. 1982), French rugby union footballer
  • James Melvin "Jim" Messina (b. 1947), American writer, singer, guitarist, producer and engineer, member the folk rock group Buffalo Springfield and half of the soft rock duo Loggins and Messina

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    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
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    The Messina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Messina Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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