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
Early History of the Mizzi family
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Mizzi Spelling Variations
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)
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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)
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