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Italian surnames

Postby BCer,Can » 10 Apr 2013, 01:38

hi all,I would like to know if anyone knows a web site that could help me find out if a family name is Italian or not ,I just became a member to day,and am stumbling along as best I can,would greatly appreciate any little bit of help any member could give me.many thanks. Arnie
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby PippoM » 10 Apr 2013, 13:14

You might try with Italian White Pages:
www.paginebianche.it
but it won't tell you if the surname was Italian in the origin.
Or you can post the surname here, for an opinion of our experts.
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby BCer,Can » 10 Apr 2013, 13:37

thank you Pippo for your reply its much appreciated, the name Im researching is Ponise,but on some documents it has 2 other spellings of it,Ponisi/Pinisi.So by not really knowing which one is right Im at a standstill.I just know my mother once told me as a little boy that my grandmother [her mother]was of Italian descent.many thanks.Arnie
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby Tessa78 » 10 Apr 2013, 17:53

Arnie :-)

You might also try the Italian Surname Distribution Map at this site!
http://www.gens.info/italia/it/turismo- ... WWKozdNVIE

Put the name where it says "Cerca un Cognome" then click TROVA
If the name exists in Italy TODAY, you will see points on the map.

I am not familiar with the spellings you have posted, but I have seen PENNISI, PENNISE, PENNESE and PENNESI

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Re: Italian surnames

Postby BCer,Can » 10 Apr 2013, 19:48

hi tessa thank you so much for taking the time to send me your input on my query.I now have about 15 different spellings of it,I dont think I will ever find out the right one,but once again tessa thank you kindly,arnie
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby Sabino » 10 Apr 2013, 19:52

Esiste il cognome Ponisio
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby BCer,Can » 11 Apr 2013, 01:01

hi Sabino,sorry dont speak a word of Italian can you or anyone translate what was written please?many thanks. arnie
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby Tessa78 » 11 Apr 2013, 08:05

Sabino is saying that the surname PONISIO exists [which is one of your spellings with an "o" at the end.]

If you put that surname into the Italian Surname Distribution Map, you will see that it is found in the north, close to Switzerland...

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Re: Italian surnames

Postby dmt1955 » 11 Apr 2013, 21:20

along with Tessa's resource, I also have found avitree.com to also be useful in these searches.

good luck!
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Re: Italian surnames

Postby BCer,Can » 12 Apr 2013, 13:25

thank you donna
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