Popular Baby Names 1911 vs 2011

Thought this article shared by Bill West of West in New England on Facebook this morning about most popular baby names over the last century was kinda of fun.  It’s interesting to note that in 1911 the two most popular first names in the U.S. were John and Mary.  In the records I’ve extracted to […]

Italian Jewish Surnames & Genealogy – Part I

I found this list of Italian-Jewish Surnames recently and thought I should share it. While some of the surnames are used by people of both Christian and Jewish faith,  it will allow someone researching one of these surnames some options. You may also want to look at the website  Italian Resources for Jewish Genealogy – […]

Surname Morabito/Murabito

Morabito Last name origin & meaning: Italian (Sicily): nickname for a teetotaler, Sicilian murabbitu, from Arabic murābịt ‘hermit’, ‘ascetic’. According to the Genealogy Family Education website, this surname is actually a derivative of the Arabic surname of Murabit meaning hermit. Facebook has a whole group devoted to this surname – Morabito.. more than a name, […]

Our Italian Surnames – By Joseph Guerin Fucilla

Our Italian Surnames – By Joseph Guerin Fucilla is available on Google Books.  The section from which I linked it to entitled The Evolution of Italian Surnames concentrates primarily on Northern Italian Surnames.  There are over 7500 surnames and sources listed throughout the 299 page book which makes it an interesting and most comprehensive read. […]

Behind the Name

Behind the Name is a wonderful site which lists several hundred surnames and their meanings.  It also may tell your where the surname is derived from.  The beauty of this site is that it not only concentrates on Italian surnames but on surnames from several different parts of the world such as Germany, Spain, Greece […]

Surname Saturday – Why Italian Surnames Changed

Italian surnames have changed so much in the past century. Almost everyone I meet has a story about how their surname was changed at Ellis Island upon their ancestor’s entry in to the US. The truth of the matter is that names were not usually changed at Ellis. Manifest lists were complied and written in […]

Surnames of Orphans

Specific surnames were most commonly given to children who were orphans, illegitimate, or foundlings such as Esposito meaning exposed or Trovato, meaning found which identified the child for life as an abandoned child.  This often caused shame and embarrassment to the child.  After the Unification in 1865, this practice was no longer allowed. Other common […]

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