I know that Italian women keep their maiden names. But I’m not sure what to make of some recent documents.
A great-aunt’s marriage record and death certificate both list her mother’s maiden name as “Castello” which was instead her grandmother’s maiden name (actually “Castiello”).
I thought this was just an error until I found her sister’s baptism record – which lists the mother’s name once again as Castello. So this is coming from the mother, herself, listing her mother’s maiden name as her own, rather than her father’s surname. I don’t think there was a language problem since the baptism record from a NYC church is in Italian.
My grandfather’s documents list his mother’s correct maiden name – the same as her father’s cognome.
What do you all think? Thanks!