Mariantonia Lanni

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Re: Mariantonia Lanni

Postby dominique426 » 03 Nov 2013, 03:00

GinaFashioni wrote:It may have been Marianna - but on her my Grandads birth cert. it says Mariantonia.The problem was that all my ancestors were illiterate and so I think the priests just guessed the spellings! That is why when my Dad was born the priest spelt our surname phonetically, so we became Fashioni's! Are you on face book? If so we can make friends!


Yes, that is definitely a factor! Also the language barrier. I know lots of relatives, even today, who have a problem speaking to those who don't speak Italian. My grandmom Lucia used to have a drawing pad that she kept with her because she couldn't understand or speak English; if the person didn't understand Italian, she'd draw a photo to explain what she was talking about. I'm so thankful that I'm bilingual.

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Re: Mariantonia Lanni

Postby GinaFashioni » 03 Nov 2013, 12:18

Ha ha! Thats a lovely story. I've sent you a friend request on fb. You will see that my sisters and have been doing a lot of researching into the past x
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Re: Mariantonia Lanni

Postby Italysearcher » 03 Nov 2013, 17:15

The Italian priest didn't 'guess' the spellings. He wrote what he heard. The Italian language is phonetic. He name might have been Marianna but she might always have been called Mariantonia. The priest must have been American to spell your surname like that.
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Re: Mariantonia Lanni

Postby GinaFashioni » 03 Nov 2013, 17:55

Hi Ann,

The priest wasn't Italian - he was English.
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