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Naming Children Traditions

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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby cvwalters » 22 May 2010, 20:34

I am glad to see that I am not the only one. I was starting to think that I had tradition breakers in my family tree. I do now this much my grandmother and grandfather's generation had stopped the traditional naming.

Oh Jamie, can I relate...Mary/Maria/Rose/Teresa....and some with the same last name too! And my dad's side (Not italian) liked Mary and John and add to the fact my paternal grandparents had the same last name (not related though) causes great amounts of confusion....
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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby cubsy2 » 27 May 2010, 00:05

My grandfather Luigi was born in 1896 and he was a second Luigi as the first one was born in 1892 and died 1893 at 17 months old.....

i cannot find so far anyways, any Luigi ancestor they would have been named for. (his father was michele, his grandfather pasqale, his g grandfather michele) . also, my grandfather did not have a brother named pasquale.

as for bad luck, my grandfather lived a long life and died in 1989-one month shy of his 93rd bday....
Researching: Guarino, Di Prisco, Zizza, Panichella, Magno,and now Antonelli, and Calvo....with a few others sprinkled in. Towns: Mirabella Eclano and Bonito (so far).
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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby cvwalters » 04 Jun 2010, 04:18

**UPDATE**

I recieved my Poppy's birth certificate today and he indeed was name SAVERIO. So he was not telling my mom a tell when he told her his real name is Saverio. How and why they started calling him Sam, I will never know. Also, I wonder if he knew that he was named for his deceased brother. However his "real" last name still is a mystery. There was yet another spelling to add to my list...

As for my gram. I really didn't expect to find anything out of the ordinary on her BC. I was looking to see how many children, if any were born before her since she was by all acounts the oldest. There were 2. I have accounted for 2 born after her who have died, but these 2 are unknown to me. But the most interesting part was for 80 years she celebrated May 16 at her birthday, but according to her BC it was May 13!
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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby Squigy » 04 Jun 2010, 21:46

cvwalters wrote:**UPDATE**

I recieved my Poppy's birth certificate today and he indeed was name SAVERIO. So he was not telling my mom a tell when he told her his real name is Saverio. How and why they started calling him Sam, I will never know. Also, I wonder if he knew that he was named for his deceased brother. However his "real" last name still is a mystery. There was yet another spelling to add to my list...

As for my gram. I really didn't expect to find anything out of the ordinary on her BC. I was looking to see how many children, if any were born before her since she was by all acounts the oldest. There were 2. I have accounted for 2 born after her who have died, but these 2 are unknown to me. But the most interesting part was for 80 years she celebrated May 16 at her birthday, but according to her BC it was May 13!


Simple. Sam is the anglicized version of Saverio.
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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby nico5940 » 06 Jun 2010, 23:39

About names...Piedmont Region, Northern Italy can anyone tell me why there are so many names with Battista in them? Does it have to do with history and a certain period of time? Kathy
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Re: Naming Children Traditions

Postby cvwalters » 07 Jun 2010, 01:25

nico5940 wrote:About names...Piedmont Region, Northern Italy can anyone tell me why there are so many names with Battista in them? Does it have to do with history and a certain period of time? Kathy

Are you referring to first names? I have a relative named Giambattista (or Gianni Battista) depends what is references... Anyway it would translate to John the Baptist. I am not familar with Northern Italy tradistions, however I would guess it could be something similar to my "John the Baptist".

I am sure someone on the forum will have a better idea than I do.
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Re: Naming Children Traditions "Battistta"

Postby nico5940 » 08 Jun 2010, 00:18

Hi not sure if my last response got posted. I have several ancestors from the 1800's that had "Battista in their name. Most of the time its the middle name like Giovanni Battista Pietro or Giovanni Battista Eldrado or Giovanni Battista Antonio and then the last name. All born mid 1800's thru 1879. Latju
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