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Occhiuzzi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Occhiuzzi 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 Occhiuzzi surname had distinctive eyes, or perhaps was known for having good eyesight.

Early Origins of the Occhiuzzi family

The surname Occhiuzzi 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 Occhiuzzi family

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Occhiuzzi Spelling Variations

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 Occhiuzzi 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...
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Migration of the Occhiuzzi family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: A. Occhineri, who arrived in New York on June 16; 1883; aboard the Castalia; Nicola Occhicone, who arrived at the port of New York Jun. 2; 1891; aboard the Cachemire.

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