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Mattucci to Matthews

Post by Alfiebear » 23 Jan 2019, 15:49

Hi all. Can anyone help me.
I am researching my Italian roots and I need some help. My GGGF Raffaele Mattucci was born in 1846 in Bisenti Abruzzo. His first 2 children were also born there; John 1874, Christina 1877. His 3rd child Luigi was born in Bath, somerset 1880 and his 4th Angelina in 1883 in Plymouth, Devon. So I'm deducing that they arrived in England sometime between 1877 and 1880 although I can't find any immigration records for them and there is nothing on the 1881 census.
I have discovered that on the 1891 and 1901 census' Raffaele and his family have changed their surname to Matthews and remains so for several years after. My GGM, his 5th child Elizabeth (b) 1891 in Nottingham remains as Matthews until her marriage in 1908.. The only child that acknowledges her real name is Christina, who married Vincenzo Bartolomucci in 1892.

Was it common for Italian immigrants to anglesise their names ? and if so has anyone else found a reason for this ?

My GGM marriage certificate even has her father's first name as Ralph. Again anglesising his name.
Any info would be gratefully recieved.
Thanks xx

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Re: Mattucci to Matthews

Post by Italysearcher » 28 Jan 2019, 12:33

The need to fit in would be a good reason to anglicize your name. Also since most emigrants were illiterate whoever was 'helping' them would write whatever seemed appropriate. In dialect Matteucci might come out sounding like MATT-e-ewe with the cee sound very soft and maybe not heard at the time.
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Re: Mattucci to Matthews

Post by adelfio » 30 Jan 2019, 20:47

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Re: Mattucci to Matthews

Post by lcmor » 26 Feb 2019, 08:28

Hi there! If you are looking to get ahold of records you can contact the comune directly in Bisenti for further information here:

info@comunebisenti.gov.it

Or you can contact the lovely Signor Cannella at the state archives in Teramo who is wonderfully helpful:

as-te@beniculturali.it

It may take some time for them to get back to you and, if you speak Italian, it's always best to follow up your inquiry with a phone call otherwise it can take months for them to get back to you. If you don't speak Italian try emailing until you get a response back. Don't give up!

Incidentally, Bisenti is just down the road from me! It's a beautiful little village!! I sang in the choir there years ago.

Good luck with your search!

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Re: Mattucci to Matthews

Post by Alfiebear » 17 Apr 2019, 16:10

Hi everyone.
Thank you all for taking the time to reply to me. I have made progress with my search and the links and information you gave me has been very helpful.
Thank you all xxxxxx

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