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Looking for the Figallo Surname from the Liguria region

Postby tilu » 05 Dec 2004, 20:13

I've been looking for my Italian ancestors for the longest time, and the closest I found was somebody called Giovany Bautista Ghersi Figallo, posted to a site by somebody in Venezuela. I don't know a lot about him, I know he went to Venezuela around the 1850's from Genoa at a young age, probably born around 1830's.

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Postby ptimber » 05 Dec 2004, 21:40

Thabnk you for coming to the forum> I do not liketo answer e-mails there as you know. OK while you were sending this to the forum I found that there are about 50 Figallo in the Genova province. However, I did find Giovanni Sebastiano Figallo in the www.familysearch.org website (go there via ancestor search) and he was born in 1725 in Santo Stefano (Santo Stefano d'aveto Postale 16049, province of genova.). There is no micorfilm record of the civil records but the church records may prove helpful since this is the best for you 1590 - 1912. It may require some work to find him since there are several sections of Santo Stefano d'aveta which have to be explored. Buy the book Discovering Your Italian ancestors by Lynn Nelson. You might also wish to go to www.comune.it and post an e-mmail to Santo Stefano d'aveto and ask them if their civil revcords go back to 1725 just in case there is a record there. Peter

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Postby ptimber » 05 Dec 2004, 21:50

The town is also kmnown as Santo Stefano D'avet and has no e-mail address but there is a web page under www.comuni-italiani.it/010/056. Peter

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Postby ptimber » 05 Dec 2004, 21:53

One last thing! if you go to www.google.com and insert the town name SANTO STEFANO D'AVETO in the title you may find some references to your ancestor. There are about 12,000 items to review so have fun!! peter

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Postby Jelo » 17 Dec 2004, 00:03

What's up! My name is Angelo Figallo. I'm 28 and I live in California near San Francisco.
My father is Clifford Figallo and his father was Bruno Figallo. Pretty sure that our family tree goes back to Liguria
I've also recieved an email from a Joe Figallo in south america, I think it was. Then again, I might have him confused with the owner of figallo.com who apparently resides in Miami or did at some point.

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Postby ptimber » 17 Dec 2004, 00:11

If you all go to www.familysearch.org and under ancestor search just putting in the Figallo surname and nothing else 55 Figallo surnamed persons thruout history and thruout the world will appear. Peter

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Postby Ederico » 19 Feb 2007, 12:06

Un saluto a tutti da Malta,

My paternal grandmother, Maltese, was also surnamed Figallo. Her name was Concetta Figallo bearing an Italian first name as was a secular tradition in Malta before the British deemed it fit to mess with Malta's Italian heritage. In relation to this, I provide you one of my latest published letters related to the subject (or rather directly related to an Italo-Maltese cultural agreement):

http://www.timesofmalta.com/core/articl ... te=Figallo

Malta's Italian patrimony

Edric Micallef Figallo, Nadur.

I welcomed with great joy the news reported on The Times (February 2) of an Italo-Maltese cultural agreement. Cultural activity in Malta needs tremendous bolstering up and this agreement will hopefully bear positive fruits particularly given the contracting parties involved in the agreement.

What I would like to know, however, as a Maltese enamoured with Maltese and Italian culture and who as a Maltese considers them both his national patrimony, is whether to "promote the knowledge and spread of each language in the other country" refers to Maltese and Italian. Is that so, or am I correct in sensing that this refers to English and Italian especially considering that the scholarships offered to Italians involve, as reported, the teaching of the English language? I hope that knowledge of our Maltese language is actively part of the plans involved in this agreement. An answer on this from the ministry concerned wouldn't hurt the public.

I hope that this agreement is not a case of one sporadic news item in a daily edition of the many of a newspaper but that it bears substantial fruits for Maltese culture. A perfect start would be if it actually unveils the truth of Italian heritage in Malta. That would be highlighting the intrinsic Italian patrimony of the Maltese nation which was disturbed and persecuted with the intent of elimination by British Imperial authorities for over 50 years starting in the 1880s and practically ending with the convenient pretext of fascism in the 1930s.

Perhaps ditching the deleterious political correctness that enshrouds the question would be an excellent attitude by honest people seeking the truth. Two eloquent Italian expressions come to mind, these being "la verità offende" and "alla verità non si scappa". It is time to deal with a question which some consider dead but which is only dormant. Truth and respect of our ancestors and our own national heritage demand it.

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Re: Looking for the Figallo Surname from the Liguria region

Postby Zebb » 06 Apr 2007, 11:48

Hi Ederico,

Your post is very interesting to me - I have Maltese roots, my Great Grandmother was from Gozo - all her family being from the Maltese Islands. Although this is quite distant to me it is very relevant.

Growing up I developed an interest in all things Italian, really don't know the source as th why. When I looked at the location of Malta and Sicily, I wondered if there was any cross over in ethnicity. The more I read the more I understood that this definitely seemed to be the case.

Knowing what I now know about Malta and Sicily - I understand the following:

Although Malta has had many different occupying forces - right from the days of the Phoeniciancs, the majority of gene's in the Maltese makeup is Southern Italian.

The connection between the Sicily and Malta being so strong that at one time before Italy was unified Malta was a region of the Kingdom of Sicily, further reinforcing the link.

90% of Maltese surnames or more are of Italian/Sicilian origin - which would to me indicate that whichever way you look at it natives to malta have a very strong genetic presence of Italian in their blood, established over the entire history of the Islands.

This pleases me to know as it further reinforces my love of Italy and my affinity I feel with it.

I'm interested though - from a Maltese person's perspective - am I correct in my understanding above?

By the way my Great Grandmother's maiden name was Vella - I understand this to be of Sicilian origin as there are lots of Vella's in Sicily.

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Re: Looking for the Figallo Surname from the Liguria region

Postby Ederico » 26 May 2007, 17:52

EDIT: Historical correction, when the time Italy got united Malta was part of the British Empire not of the Regno delle Due Sicilie. So much so that the British basically officially kicked in their project of cultural deitalianisation of Malta and anglicisation of Malta when Italy got united because the British were scared that the Maltese would defect in order to join with Italy.

In the newly-born Italian state, it must be stated that the Maltese legally-speaking were considered Italians even though not having an Italian juridical status. They were considered "italiani non regnicoli", meaning "Italians not belonging to the Kingdom". Actualy, this legal provision is still in force but after WWII and the Republic, it became "italiani non appartenenti alla repubblica", meaning "Italians not belonging to the Republic". Maltese nationalists, back when they were truly nationalists and when they gave a heck about culture, asserted incessantly that Malta's culture was Italian and the Maltese race was Latin. This lead British forces to violate human rights during the war, by deporting Maltese nationalists for suspected fascist sympathies (never proven, and quite a farce) when Maltese nationalists had held those views since the 1880s in an organized manner and before in a disorganized manner. The man I consider the greatest Maltese nationalist, Enrico Mizzi, the leader of the Maltese nationalists from 1926 till his death in the office of prime minister in 1950, incessantly asserted this till his death no matter what defamation and calumnious accusations were thrown against him.

In brief, as I have 3 exams on Monday and I have to study, yes, you are most definitely right. The 90% figure might appear exaggerated at first glance, but on deeper analysis it might not, obviously if we exclude those Maltese who know of having foreign ancestors in the memory of the living members of the family (particularly those of English/British blood).

Malta's affinity with Italy is real and was much more so in the past. Unfortunately, the British and their cultural manipulations and nationalist repressions came into force and in many cases despotically so treating the Malta in the most blatantly arrogant of manners in their own homeland.

If you want to discuss the subject, feel free to contact me on email at ederico.figallo@gmail.com.

Zebb wrote:Hi Ederico,

Your post is very interesting to me - I have Maltese roots, my Great Grandmother was from Gozo - all her family being from the Maltese Islands. Although this is quite distant to me it is very relevant.

Growing up I developed an interest in all things Italian, really don't know the source as th why. When I looked at the location of Malta and Sicily, I wondered if there was any cross over in ethnicity. The more I read the more I understood that this definitely seemed to be the case.

Knowing what I now know about Malta and Sicily - I understand the following:

Although Malta has had many different occupying forces - right from the days of the Phoeniciancs, the majority of gene's in the Maltese makeup is Southern Italian.

The connection between the Sicily and Malta being so strong that at one time before Italy was unified Malta was a region of the Kingdom of Sicily, further reinforcing the link.

90% of Maltese surnames or more are of Italian/Sicilian origin - which would to me indicate that whichever way you look at it natives to malta have a very strong genetic presence of Italian in their blood, established over the entire history of the Islands.

This pleases me to know as it further reinforces my love of Italy and my affinity I feel with it.

I'm interested though - from a Maltese person's perspective - am I correct in my understanding above?

By the way my Great Grandmother's maiden name was Vella - I understand this to be of Sicilian origin as there are lots of Vella's in Sicily.

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Re: Looking for the Figallo Surname from the Liguria region

Postby Ederico » 02 Jun 2007, 23:31

Sul cognome Figallo, ho appena trovato questo relatato ad un probabile cavaliere di Malta -

http://www.storiamediterranea.it/public ... r/b494.pdf

"Asp, Nd, notaio Giovanni Occhipinti, vol. 3705, 29 marzo 1535. Gli onorabili Antonio Prohasco e Giovanni Battista Figallo, vendono a fra Simone de Bonanno, per conto della Sacra Religione, «cantaria quinquaginta sepi scatagliati in barliri boni mercantibilis et receptibilibis proventis de carnibus macellandis in mense aprilis seu madii», a ragione di onze 2.20 cantaro. I venditori hanno ricevuto un anticipo di onze 100, tramite il banco di Perotto Torongi."

Probbabilmente, un mio antenato.


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