Passport naming question

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Passport naming question

Postby wcbarrett » 06 Feb 2015, 00:47

I have the passport of my great-grandmother from about 1901-03, listing her name as Teresa Frangione daughter of Vincenzo and Teresa Morelli. My question: When listing parents on passports, is the mother listed with her maiden name (in this case Morelli) or is this suggestive that Teresa the daughter is married?

I have married as a question since I have her marriage certificate to my great-gfather, Rafaelle Sacco but unfortunately the family stories are unclear of she had a prior marriage or was adopted. Attached is a screenshot of her Passport in Italian. Thanks for any assistance.
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Re: Passport naming question

Postby Tessa78 » 06 Feb 2015, 02:12

Women in Italy maintain their maiden name.

Your grandmother's surname is Frangione, the same as her father.
HER mother's surname is Morelli, which would be her father's surname.

In Italian records a woman is identified with her maiden name. For example, if you were to search for Teresa's mother's death record, you would search for Teresa Morelli, not Frangione. :D

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Re: Passport naming question

Postby wcbarrett » 06 Feb 2015, 03:35

Thank you Tessa78! This is very helpful as I start researching my Italian roots.

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Re: Passport naming question

Postby Tessa78 » 06 Feb 2015, 03:51

Glad to help! :-)

A great beginner resource to learn more about Italian records is the book Discovering Your Italian Ancestors by Lynn Nelson. It contains explanations and samples of the civil and church records with illustrations in Italian and with English translations. A good study guide before you "jump in."

Another more comprehensive resource is Trafford Cole's Italian Genealogicial Records.

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