My uncle was known to all of us as Uncle Billy; William to my grandmother. But the 1930 US Census has him listed as Pelino. I can not find this as a first name anywhere except on some other censuses. Is this a nickname for something else? Or is this a real name?
DMD-Boston wrote:My uncle was known to all of us as Uncle Billy; William to my grandmother. But the 1930 US Census has him listed as Pelino. I can not find this as a first name anywhere except on some other censuses. Is this a nickname for something else? Or is this a real name?
the name Pelino is concentrated in the Abruzzo region and comes from a martyr: Saint Pelino. Origins of this name are uncertain, might reconnect to Peligni(Paeligni), an ancient Italic population in the Abruzzo region.
The Pelino surname is not listed in the Italian surname dictionary as being Italian and is either Local in origin or imported from abroad and italianized. However, There is no record for Pelino in other parts of the world making it quite probable that surname is local in origin and as often occurs was once a nickname,becoming a first name and later became a last name or surname.
Since the name is Pelino, a diminutive spelling meaning refined or fine then it may be possible that its opposite maybe Pelone which in the Italian word dictionary means a coarse kind of cloth making Pelino a refined or improved cloth. But this is conjecture and anecdotal. =Peter=
The inquirer said he could not find Pelino as a first name and made no mention of any surname. In any event this is the normal sequence..nickname, firstname and surname for most familynames. There are 21 comune in Italy having persons listed as Pelino for the surname.=Peter=
Thanks all...I have been out of town and apologize for not clearing matters up sooner.
Pelino was in the census as my uncle's first name. The last name was DiLillo. And my amily is from Abruzzo, so Uantiti is on track. I could never find any listing for the name either, which is why I thought it might be known, perhaps only locally, as a nickname.