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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.

Mizzi Early Origins



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.

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Mizzi Spelling Variations


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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.

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Mizzi Early History


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Mizzi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mizzi research. More information is included under the topic Early Mizzi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mizzi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mizzi Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mizzi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mizzi (post 1700)



  • Suzanne Mizzi (1967-2011), Maltese glamour model, singer, interior designer, and artist
  • Sorel Mizzi (b. 1986), Canadian professional poker player who has live tournament earnings of over $10.6million
  • 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)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mizzi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mizzi 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 February 2016 at 08:21.

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