The name Occhi is derived from the Italian word "occhi," which means "eyes." It comes from a class of surnames known as Nickname
surnames that usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. It is likely that the original bearer of the Occhi surname had distinctive eyes, or perhaps was known for having good eyesight.
Early Origins of the Occhi family
The surname Occhi was first found in Verona, capital city of the Italian province of Veneto. The earliest mention of this surname was in nearby Legnago, where Codrado Occhi di Cane was Governor in 1256. The ancient city of Verona was the chief town of the Cenomani, a Gaulish tribe and became a Latin town in 89 B.C. It became part of Lombardy(568,) Frankish, Bartolmeo ruled and died in 1304. It is said to be the home of Romeo and Juliet. The city is rich in churches, museums, galleries, paintings, sculptures, statues and monuments. The cathedral was consecrated in 1187. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Occhi family
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Occhi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Occhi, Occhiello, Occhillo, Occhini, Occhino, Occiuzzi, Occhioni, Occhillo, Occiuto, Occhiuti, Occhionero, Occhinegro and many more.
Early Notables of the Occhi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Andreolo de Ochis, a 14th century collector of Greek and Latin manuscripts. Others of note include: Bernardino Occhino, who studied medicine at Perugia and became a monk of the Franciscan order in Siena. He is known as a great reformer and... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Occhi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Occhi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Occhi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Filomena Occhi, who arrived at the port of New York aboard the Werra on May 2, 1892
Occhi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lino Luizi Occhi, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from St Martino, No Italy, in 1909
- Antonio Occhi, aged 16, who landed in America from Parola, Italy, in 1910
- Francesco Occhi, aged 18, who landed in America from Fontanellato, Italy, in 1910
- Maria Occhi, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Copparo, Italy, in 1911
- Mario Occhi, aged 5, who landed in America from Copparo, Italy, in 1911
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