Hi. I'm Zach. I'm porbably the newest and therefore, most clueless user to this website. LOL. I didn't know how else to get a topic started so I did this. If this is incorrectly done, please let me know.
Any way, I was wondering something. I do know a lot about the history of Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia), I myself am also of Italian descent. My mom is 100% and her family (grandparents) were directly from the old country. I don't know everything specific about my family history, just the Italian history in general. Any way, I know my mom's family came from the regions of Foggia in Pulgia (I believe that's correct) closer to Greece.
Here's something I think might be able to help From what I know, some of my family's last names included Canistro, Forte and Cafforelli (I think that's the correct spelling). As I said already, I know a lot of southern Italy, througout history, was invaded by Arabs (especially Sicily). But, the reason I am bringing that up is because, I also know the Arabs also came into the mainland as well. In fact, I'm almost certain I have a few Arab traits in my physical features (as well as Greek).
If you can, please help me out in where some of these names might have their roots. I'm almost certain I have Arab, Greek and African (due to Africa's wars against Italy for Sicily before and during Rome was an empire). Again, please help me out. Thank you. Ciao