Could Salvatore and Sammy be the same person?

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Could Salvatore and Sammy be the same person?

Postby Mary M » 07 Sep 2011, 22:08

My dad had a brother that died when they were children. He called that brother Sammy. My dad was born in Italy. Sammy was born and died here in the US.
In my research, I haven't been able to find any info on Sammy. However, I found out that my dad had a younger brother named Salvatore that I never met or heard about, so I'm assuming that Salvatore may have died as a child also.
I always thought Sammy's name was Samuel, but that's not very Italian. Could Salvatore be his brother Sammy?
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Re: Could Salvatore and Sammy be the same person?

Postby johnnyonthespot » 07 Sep 2011, 22:19

Well...

There was years ago a mobster named Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Gravano) lending some credence to the idea that Sammy might be a nickname for Salvatore.

Here's a random obituary I just found with Google: http://www.aliferemembered.com/Obituaries/Detail.aspx?oid=1516 - yet another Salvatore / "Sammy".

I had an uncle named Salvatore; we just called him Uncle Sal. :)

PS: Googling "salvatore sammy" turns up lots more examples in obituaries, grave markers, etc.
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Re: Could Salvatore and Sammy be the same person?

Postby Mary M » 09 Sep 2011, 01:09

Thank you, Carmine. That answers some questions. I've been used to Sal also, which is why "Sammy' threw me off.

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Re: Could Salvatore and Sammy be the same person?

Postby carmine1917 » 10 Sep 2011, 18:52

YES! My Uncle Sammy, his name was Salvatore.


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