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 Muzzy 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 Muzzy family
Early History of the Muzzy family
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Muzzy 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 Muzzy include Muzzi, Muzi, Muzzio, Muzio, Muzzo, Muzzarelli, Muzzarini, Muzzioli, Muzzati, Muziano, Muzani, Muzaro, Muzia, Muzza, Muzzani and many more.
Early Notables of the Muzzy 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...
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Migration of the Muzzy family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Muzzy or a variant listed above include:
Muzzy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Muzzy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Muzzy (post 1700)
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