The distinguished surname Mizzi 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 Mizzi came from the name Muzzo, which is derived from the Latin name Mucius. The name may also be derived from the name Giacomuzzo, which is a variation of Giacomo, or James.
Early Origins of the Mizzi family
The surname Mizzi was first found in this region in the city of Bologna, which was one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records reveal that Spinello Muzza was a prominent member of the community in 1248.
Early History of the Mizzi family
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Mizzi 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 Mizzi include Muzzi, Muzi, Muzzio, Muzio, Muzzo, Muzzarelli, Muzzarini, Muzzioli, Muzzati, Muziano, Muzani, Muzaro, Muzia, Muzza, Muzzani and many more.
Early Notables of the Mizzi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Muzzarelli, a humanist and poet from Mantua around 1490; Girolamo Muzio was another poet and novelist in Padua at the same time. Girolamo Muzzarelli was Bishop of Cosenza in 1552; of the Muzzoli family in Bologna were prominent Lodovico and Giovan-Paolo, the former... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mizzi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mizzi family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Mizzi or a variant listed above include: Miss J.S. Muzzy, who settled in San Francisco in 1851; Luigi Mezza, aged 24, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Elena, Italy, in 1921; Maria Luisa Mezza, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Caserta, Italy, in 1921.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mizzi (post 1700)
- Sorel Mizzi (b. 1986), Canadian professional poker player who has live tournament earnings of over 10.6million
- Suzanne Mizzi (1967-2011), Maltese glamour model, singer, interior designer, and artist
- Fortunato Mizzi (1844-1905), Maltese politician, founder of the Anti-Reform Party
- Enrico "Nerik" Mizzi (1885-1950), Maltese politician, Leader of the Maltese Nationalist Party, 6th Prime Minister of Malta in 1950
- Dennis Mizzi (b. 1964), former Maltese professional footballer who played for the Malta national football team in the UEFA Euro 1988
- Amy Mizzi (b. 1983), Australian Logie Award nominated actress, known for Home and Away (1988) and Hammer Bay (2007)