Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name?

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Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name?

Postby mdvukas » 22 May 2010, 02:32

I had a great aunt that was killed in the war. She was married and had a daughter. All three were killed the same day in Pietransieri in 1943 but for some reason she is listed with here maiden name on the memorial. Can someone explain this to me?

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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby maestra36 » 22 May 2010, 02:44

You don't say where the memorial is, but in Italy, married women retain their maiden names in their death records.

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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby sorrydude » 22 May 2010, 03:40

Traditionally, Italian women did not take their husband's last name. In some cases you might find that marriage is indicated by changing an ending "o" to "i". In my case I have seen this with Trivilino to Trivilini, Grifo to Grifi and Nasuto to Nasuti.

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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby Bette » 22 May 2010, 03:54

It is my understanding that the legal name of a woman in Italy is her maiden name. It makes the genealogical search a lot easier.

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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby nuccia » 22 May 2010, 07:58

Funny enough I recently found out that while women who marry in North America often use their husband's surname, it is not really their *legal* surname. It is what is known as an assumed surname. Unless you actually go to court to change it, your maiden name is your real legal name.

I still use my maiden name for all my legal documents but I have hyphenated it. And this is how I have asked to be buried when I die. So - perhaps it was her wish to be buried this way?
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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby Squigy » 22 May 2010, 08:37

nuccia wrote:Funny enough I recently found out that while women who marry in North America often use their husband's surname, it is not really their *legal* surname. It is what is known as an assumed surname. Unless you actually go to court to change it, your maiden name is your real legal name.


8O Really? I did not know that. Makes sense, though.
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Re: Why would a married woman be buried with her maiden name

Postby mdvukas » 22 May 2010, 10:37

Thank you all for your answers. I am really learning alot from this website and I've only just joined a few days ago.


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