Surname Additions like La, Di, Lo, etc.

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Surname Additions like La, Di, Lo, etc.

Postby amerital43 » 27 Nov 2011, 01:20

I was wondering if anyone can answer why sometimes there is a prefix put to a surname?
In researching my family, I have a name that stands on its own but then when my bisnonna is adult, getting married, her name was was written La-----, as were her brothers. Her father who passed 20 years earlier Does Not have 'La' in front of his surname, nor does any of his siblings. Even when his widow re-married his name wasn't written with the prefix. Why would his children? Thanks.

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Re: Surname Additions like La, Di, Lo, etc.

Postby liviomoreno » 27 Nov 2011, 07:24

Generally speaking La, Di, Lo etc are not prefixes bur are integral part of the surname: Giovanni Lo Russo and Giovanni Russo are two different persons. Some times the Lo, or Di, or La, was lost when people emigrated to USA...

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Re: Surname Additions like La, Di, Lo, etc.

Postby amerital43 » 27 Nov 2011, 16:38

Giovanni Lo Russo and Giovanni Russo are two different persons.


While I agree with your statement, this branch of the family never emigrated out of Italy. I have documents connecting the generations showing that La----- is not being used. It is after she is married that my bisnonna's name alternates on her children's birth records. I was wondering if this was a way to honor her father's name or family as he died when she was very small?


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