Laura, As I research my family, with help from researchers, and come across these names, I rely on their translation. I understand translating some of the old Italian documents is very dificult. Since I donot read or speak Italian, understanding them is hard.
The name Artena was found on documents for the marriage of Michele Abramo and Carmela Bucolo, July 6, 1845. Agostina Artena mother of Carmela Bucolo.
The name Barvegna was found on the marriage documents for Antonino Abramo and Giuseppa Bucolo, May 19, 1880. Francesca Barvegna mother of Giuseppa Bucolo.
The name Grise shows up also on the marriage documents of Michele Abramo July 6, 1845 as Maria Grise wife of Salvadore Abramo and mother of Michele Abramo.
MikeIAbramo wrote:Looking for information on thye following surnames, Barvegna, Grise and Artena. I can not find anything on these names. Are these Sicilian Family names? Any information would be helpful
maybe Artena, is ARTINO sicilian surname. Barvegna, maybe Benvegna or Bonvegna sicilian surnames; Grise;: I know Grisà as sicilian surname as a well Grisafi and Grispi or Grispo with similar spelling....
I do not think that Barvegna is an Italian surname at all.
I suspect it is just sloppy cursive handwriting.
Benvegna, Benvenga, Bonvegna, and Bonvenga are all Sicilian/Italian surnames that date back at least to the 19th century, as well as, Bevacqua which when written sloppy in cursive handwriting can also be mistaken for Benvegna.
Other variations outside of Sicily include Bencivegna, Bencivenga, Bentivegna, and Bentivenga.
There is currently one person in the Italian white pages with the surname Arteno (which may be the correct spelling),living in Naples but doing a quick search of the surname on Ellis Island yielded a female from Palermo in Palermo Province Sicily. Also the surname Bucolo is definitely a Sicilian surname. I see that surname all the time in Sicilian records and, since her mother was an "Artena," I would be inclined to say the surname is Sicilian. The Abramo surname is also found in Sicily.
Also there is an Italian surname Griso, so this may be a possible correct spelling, but that surname is diffused around Italy and Sicily.