Of Italian origin, this name is a variant spelling of a semi descriptive nickname for one of wild disposition, even a person of murderous intent! It derives from "Mazzare" meaning - to kill or destroy and is one of an amazing list of associated name. e.g. Mazzacurati (Killer of the Curate), Mazzagerco (Killer of the Greek), Mazzaloto (Killer of the Wolf) etc. which the researchers suggest were meant to be humorous and relate to "a forgotten or lost incident". The name is recorded heraldically, the Coat of Arms is believed to be a Red Chevron between three Rampant Lions on a Gold Field. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mazzoli de Bolgna. which was dated C.1680. The State of the Church. during the reign of Pope Innocent XI, 1676 - 1689. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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