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Name Change Documents

Postby MCKay » 05 Apr 2012, 19:24

I've been looking for name change documents for the longest time for my great grandfather. He changed his name from Giovanni Bonanno to John Bono sometime between 1924 and 1950 I'm guessing. Way back then did people actually go through the court system to change names or do you think he just one day said "my name is too long I'm going to change it" and that was it? If he didn't go through the court system how can I prove that he changed his name?

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Postby Italysearcher » 06 Apr 2012, 02:16

Most people whose names changed after they arrived in a new country did not do so deliberately. The change was usualy the result of a misunderstanding on the part of the person writing down the name. If it was an official document, he was often stuck with the change and not knowing the language or the implications he simply accepted it.
Many Italians ended up with their first name as a surname due to their habit of stating their surname first when asked for their name. A contraction, as occurred in your case, is not a surprise. There won't be any documents, you just need to find when it happened. When a son entered school, when he married, applied for a passport, a social insurance number, was registered as an alien???
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Re: Name Change Documents

Postby MCKay » 06 Apr 2012, 06:32

ironically, I feel that my great grandfather did know what was going on. The reason for this was that my grandmother mentioned that he changed his name when she was young just to make it easier on the family. He went from Giovanni Bonanno to John Bono. He was already going by John before he made the sort of "official" change where he started signing his last name to documents as Bono. How can I prove this to the Italian Consulate??

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Postby Italysearcher » 06 Apr 2012, 14:24

Did he serve in the Italian military? Some Italians wanted a name change so they could return to Italy without fear of beng arrested. Or maybe he was afraid the Mafia (or similar) were looking for him. If you can find two records that connect to him with the different spellings can't you have him declared the same person? This is not my area of expertise. Go to the Consulate and show them what you have and ask for advice. You may have to get some records correcte.
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Re: Name Change Documents

Postby MCKay » 10 Apr 2012, 03:58

No, he didn't serve in the Italian Military. He was very young when he came over I believe. I have heard stories of mafia-like people coming over to his house and he didn't quite like it. I would hope that if I can find two records that connect him I could have him declared the same person but I'm not exactly sure how I could go about doing this. I'll definitely be going to the consulate for this one. Does anyone else have any other advice or experience with this?


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