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Mario Coat of Arms / Mario Family Crest

Mario Coat of Arms / Mario Family Crest

This originally French surname MARIO was from the extremely popular medieval female given name from the Latin MARIA. This was the name of the mother of Christ in the New Testament, as well as several other New Testament figures. It derives from the Aramaic MARYAM (Hebrew Miryam), but the vernacular forms have been influenced by the Roman family name MARIUS. The Hebrew name is of uncertain etymology, but perhaps means 'Wished-for child'. A Latin masculine form of the name MARIANUS was applied by Christians to devotees of the Virgin Mary, and lies behind many of the variants that have travelled the world, including MARION, MARIOTTE, MARRIETTE, MARUSIK, MARUSECK, MARRISON and many more. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. A notable member of the name was Edme MARIOTTE (1620-84) the French physicist and priest, born in Burgundy. One of the earliest members of the Academy of Sciences, he wrote on percussion, air and its pressure. In his 'Disorders de la nature de'lair' (1676) he independently stated Boyle's law of 1662, which was for long known in France as MARIOTTE'S Law. Another notable member of the name was Guiseppe MARIO, originally Don Giovanni de Candia (1810-83) the Italian tenor, the son of a general, born in Cagliari. He achieved a long series of operatic triumphs in Paris, London, St. Petersburg and America. His wife was the famous singer Giulia Grisi. After his retirement he lost his fortune through disastrous speculations.

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