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My grandmothers name

Postby tenby » 22 Aug 2008, 19:18

Her first name was Olivetta is this a typical Italian name her father was Italian her mother British.

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby uantiti » 22 Aug 2008, 19:29

It's a bit unusual but it exists. It was sometimes used as a nickname for Oliva.
A bit out of fashion I would say.

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby tenby » 22 Aug 2008, 19:32

She was born in 1889 so perhaps a bit out of fashion now

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby nuccia » 22 Aug 2008, 22:27

Wel I think its a beautiful name! So original... I hated my name growing up but now that I am older I wish I had used it more. After all...how many Maria's and Anna's can there be in there world??? (Also beautiful names, by the way...) :)
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Postby wldspirit » 23 Aug 2008, 04:20

I like unusual names.....but I always hated mine, still do.
My first name is actually an Italian surname!!

I think Olivetta is beautiful....
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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby wldspirit » 23 Aug 2008, 04:28

Perhaps it stems from the following:


Behind the Name


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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby PeterTimber » 23 Aug 2008, 04:50

As a surname Olivetta is located just in and closely around Napoli and then and ,nowhere else,they are located in cities, towns and villages thruout Piemonte region for a total of 37 comunes. It is a very pretty name when pronouced in proper italian. In American english as opposed to our Latin voweled English cousins, it does not come off as well...something like Olivedda (phonetic). =Peter=

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Postby nazca » 23 Aug 2008, 14:39

Hi Lynne,

Oliva is a "patron saint" of Plaermo the city where i live. We have a square and a ancient district dedicated to her. She lived in palermo 9th century b.C. this is an ancient statue of her S. Oliva There is another Saint Oliva in middle Italy lived 9th century b.C. Maybe Olivetta is a nickname...

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I'm searching lost relatives and descendant of my greatgrandfather Vincenzo Genualdi (or Gennaldi or Genuardi) and my greatgrandmother Concetta Davola (their sons: Angela, Carmela, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Ernesto, Simone, Riccardo, Maria) went in Chicago,Ill., and New Orleans, in 1880-1920 from Sicily. Other family related : Jacobucci or Jacopucci (from Central Italy).

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby PeterTimber » 23 Aug 2008, 15:17

It really does not matter who she is we are discussing the name and nothing more, Further there is no name listed in the Italian name dictionary (www.gens.labo.net) for OLIVA, OLIVIA or OLIVETTA. The name is an invention, useful and created in the mists of time and most likely based upon the patron Saint Oliva.

So it would appear all three names are Nicknames of a no name!!!! =Peter=

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Postby nuccia » 23 Aug 2008, 15:38

PeterTimber wrote:It really does not matter who she is we are discussing the name and nothing more, Further there is no name listed in the Italian name dictionary (www.gens.labo.net) for OLIVA, OLIVIA or OLIVETTA. The name is an invention, useful and created in the mists of time and most likely based upon the patron Saint Oliva.

So it would appear all three names are Nicknames of a no name!!!! =Peter=


Awhhh..come on Pete..play nice! It does matter to nazca or he wouldn't have posted it and I am glad he did. I like learning new things and he just taught me something. Thank you Vincenzo.
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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby PeterTimber » 23 Aug 2008, 15:58

Dear Nuccia and Nazca your right I was being "piccino" too!!! I apologize if it appeared that I offended Nazca but I was just adding another facet to the saga. =Peter=

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Postby Italysearcher » 23 Aug 2008, 16:15

Just like the English turn Fredrick into Freddy, and William into Willy etc. Italians add 'etta'(Olivetta) 'ucci' (Carminucci) 'ino' (Peppino for Little Giuseppe) etc. don't forget there are versions for both feminine and masculine.
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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Aug 2008, 16:33

Italysearcher wrote:Located in, and researching in Province of Frosinone


Hello, ItalySearcher.

I don't wish to hijack this thread, but I could not help but notice that you are located just 33km north of my paternal grandparent's comune, Roccasecca .

Are you native Italian? If not, may I ask from where you began this trek?

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby tenby » 23 Aug 2008, 17:47

Thank you all for the info and I also think its a lovely name

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Re: My grandmothers name

Postby nuccia » 23 Aug 2008, 17:57

PeterTimber wrote:Dear Nuccia and Nazca your right I was being "piccino" too!!! I apologize if it appeared that I offended Nazca but I was just adding another facet to the saga. =Peter=


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