The distinguished surname Miai 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 Miai came from the personal name
Michele, or Michael in English. If the suffix of the name is "i," the surname denotes the plural form of the name.
Early Origins of the Miai family
The surname Miai was first found in such areas as Bassano, Verona, Trentino, Vicenza, and even Florence and Bologna. The Michieli family in Venice
dates back to 697, where they played an instrumental role in the election of the new doge in the same year. The next record shows Vitale Michieli, who was one of the first tribunes of Venice
in 869. This specific lineage went on to produce three more doges: Vitale, Domenico and Vitale II in 1096, 1118, and 1156, respectively. Also among the descendents were nine generals, eleven caretakers of the huge Venetian cathedral of Saint Mark, a cardinal, much chivalry and many senators. One of the earliest records of the family was Domenico Michele, the 35th Doge of Venice
who reigned from 1117 to 1130.
Early History of the Miai family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miai research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1423, 1434, 1698, 1440, 1472, 1604, 1665, 1604, 1655, 1679 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Miai History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Miai Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Miai are DeMicheli, DeMichelis, Megale, Megali, Megalini, Megalizzi, Miai, Miale, Miali, Micale, Micalella, Micaletti, Micaletto, Micali, Micalini, Micalizio, Micalizzi, Micalli, Micallo, Micarelli, Micela, Miceli, Micella, Micelli, Micello, Michela, Michelacci, Michelbgnoli, Michelbn, Michelbngeli, Michelbngioli, Michelani, Michelassi, Michelato, Michelazzi, Michelazzo, Michele, Micheletti and many more.
Early Notables of the Miai family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Piero Adamo DeMicheli, born in Mantova in 1440, was another noteworthy member of the Miai heritage. He was an aristocrat of the court and owned a large villa with many acres of land surrounding it. He married a relative of the Duke of Modena... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miai Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Miai family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Miai or a variant listed above: Achille Micheli, aged 28 who arrived at Ellis Island
in 1906; Adolfo Micheli, aged 44 who arrived at Ellis Island
from Montreal, Canada in 1909.