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explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby Nataliej » 08 Aug 2014, 16:56

Lusietto Famiglia graves in San Ponso.jpg
I got this photo from a cousin who went to Italy in the 1970's We know for sure that Michele Lusietto is my great great grandfather and his wife was Margaritta Chiaventone - they are in the middle with the pink flowers. Was it common for the woman to retain her maiden name?? I don't understand how all the others fit into this 'famiglia' I think I can see the name 'Boetta' on a stone as well and MIchele's son Dominic married a Vallero whose mother was a Boetta - so now I am thoroughly confused....


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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby PeterTimber » 08 Aug 2014, 17:09

women in Italy never lose their identity and it is only the children who carry the father's family name. Thus whenever you look up immigrant arrivals from Italy bear this in mind when searching for a family composition. You will find a mother in her single name escorting her husband named children as a family unit
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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby Nataliej » 08 Aug 2014, 17:13

Ok. So now this is my Great Grandfathers sister - Did she marry a Savio? and what does the N. mean? birth name?

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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby PeterTimber » 08 Aug 2014, 23:11

Women in Italy always retain their identity and it is only children that carry the Fathers family name so that when researching you must be aware that a mother will often have a family name different that the children she is listed as mother.
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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby PeterTimber » 08 Aug 2014, 23:19

She was born Luscietto and the family name is Savio as are her husband and children.
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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby paola52 » 08 Aug 2014, 23:52

N is short for nata meaning born.Luscietto was her maiden name, Savio her husband's name
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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby paola52 » 09 Aug 2014, 00:10

Re the family grave
not easy to read past the pink flowers, but your great great grandmother name looks like Rita,as it was in the birth certificate of her son. Rita could be used as a short form of Margarita or Margherita, but also as a name of its own. Many Italians are devoted to Santa Rita of Cascia :D
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Re: explain this gravesite female surname tradition??

Postby Nataliej » 09 Aug 2014, 05:56

Yes, it is hard to read past the pink flowers - My great grandmother wrote down the names of her and her husband's siblings and parents and she wrote 'Marguerite Skiaventone" which I'm sure is Margaritta Chiaventone, she did write that she was French and an only child too. I did notice when she wrote things down, she used the 'English version' - she had a brother Guiseppe - whom she wrote 'Joe' who I think is the soldier in the picture in my other thread.

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