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BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 14:02

Hi all,
I have a mystery. I am told Esposito means out of wedlock. One of my adds on a family tree seems to be a puzzle. his birth record says his mother was Maria and unmarried.

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Postby daddymuzza » 06 Nov 2010, 15:07

Specific surnames were most commonly given to children who were orphans, illegitimate, or foundlings such as Esposito meaning exposed or Trovato, meaning found which identified the child for life as an abandoned child. This often caused shame and embarrassment to the child. After the Unification in 1865, this practice was no longer allowed.

Other common foundling names include:
Benvenuto - Welcome
Conforte - Comforted
Salvati - Saved
Brutto - Ugly
Sventura- Unfortunate
Aflitto - Afflicted

http://italiansurnames.blogspot.com/201 ... phans.html
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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 15:21

very interesting information
thank you

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby JohnArmellino » 06 Nov 2010, 16:21

if Attilio was born in 1895 then why was Esposito included in his birth record?


The law that outlawed the practice of assigning foundling children surnames indicative of their illegitimacy or abandonment was not passed until 1928. Thus Attilio was given the surname Esposito, which derived directly from the Latin ex positum (literally "of this place").
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Postby JohnArmellino » 06 Nov 2010, 16:29

I have not been able to find records for Pietra Montecorvino.


The Registri dello stato civile di Pietramontecorvino (Foggia), 1809-1929, has been microfilmed by the Latter Day Saints. Go to www.familysearch.org, follow the links Library>LibraryCatalog>PlaceSearch, then type in Pietramontecorvino to view the film details. The films can be rented and viewed at the Family History Centers operated by the LDS. You can find the location of the FHC closest to you at the above website.
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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby JohnArmellino » 06 Nov 2010, 16:35

I have a mystery. I am told Esposito means out of wedlock. One of my adds on a family tree seems to be a puzzle. Attiliio Costantino , his birth record says his mother was Maria Consoletti in Pietra Montecorvino Foggia Puglia. His birth or adoptive father, Fulgenzio Costantino...


I'm confused. Your ancestor was Attilio Costantino, son of Fulgenzio Costantino and Maria Consoletti? Where does the surname Esposito come in? You refer to a birth record. Is it possible to post this record?
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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 17:02

I am waiting for the copy

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby tinagrenier » 06 Nov 2010, 17:04

hollygianfrancesco wrote:if Attilio was born in 1895 then why was Esposito included in his birth record?


It should be clarified that just because someone had the last name Esposito, it does not necessarily mean that they were illegitimate or abandoned at birth. It could have been their grandfather, great-grandfather or much further back in the family line before you find the original ancestor who was given the surname Esposito due to being an illegitimate or abandonded baby. There is much written about these surnames, and illegitimate children in general that does not apply in all situations.

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby johnnyonthespot » 06 Nov 2010, 17:07

I am not certain of the question, but don't forget that once given the name Esposito, it typically remained that child's surname forever unless the child was legally adopted. Hence, in modern Italy, the surname Esposito is so common as to turn this map almost entirely black: http://www.gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/gen ... e=ESPOSITO

Perhaps Attilio's natural father was an Esposito? And, Attilio was later adopted by a Costantino?
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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 19:49

No, I will take a look.

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 19:52

repeat post

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 06 Nov 2010, 20:16

OH WOW! I got the LDS individual records all the kids had the middle name Esposito.
How can I go further back?

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Postby JohnArmellino » 07 Nov 2010, 16:20

The link did not work on family search for pietramontecorvino


I just checked the FamilySearch site and the links are working. First go to www.familysearch.org. There is a blue navigation bar near the top -- place your cursor over the link "Library" and a menu will drop down. Then click on the LibraryCatalog link. You will be directed to a new page with a series of links to the right -- click on the link "Place Search". Then type in "pietramontecorvino" -- you will directed to another page. Then follow the following links in succession:

"Italy, Foggia, Pietramontecorvino"
"Italy, Foggia, Pietramontecorvino - Civil registration"
"Registri dello stato civile di Pietramontecorvino (Foggia), 1809-1929"
"View Film Details"
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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby hollygianfrancesco » 07 Nov 2010, 16:27

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Re: BIG MYSTERY

Postby JohnArmellino » 07 Nov 2010, 16:59

When you reach the page that reads (first line)...

Title: Registri dello stato civile di Pietramontecorvino (Foggia), 1809-1929

...you will find a button at the upper right corner of the page labelled "View Film Notes" -- click on this button.
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