Do you know that Italian women Keep their birth surname even after marriage?
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married women's surnames in
Italy. Plus you will find good guides on Italian Personal Names, History of surnames/cognomi in Italy and the History of Family Names in general. Give your baby an Italian name by searching the various lists of Italian Given Names. Read about the History of Names from Italy, Latin Origins, and Onomastics in General. Search for your Italian Family Name (cognome) on various Surname Distribution Maps and Databases. ___________________________________________________________
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COGNOME ITALIA - How many people have your surname in Italy? Scroll around on their site to see "Dati per provincia" (county data), "classifica dei cognomi più diffusi" (ranking of the most common surnames) and much more.
Italy Surname Distribution Map - Graphically displays your Italian Surname request on a map of Italy, sometimes called an Italian Genealogy Map. Enter a last name & see where people with that surname appear in Italy & Sicily.
Name Change After Wedding in Italy - In Italy
we do not change our surname, never, not because of a wedding or whichever other reason unless a court, after a serious and dramatic reason requires us to do so. Also we cannot change our middle names or skip them in official documents, at all!
PlacesNamed.com Surname Statistics - In the Search Box on the UPPER left hand side of the page - use their "Go to" Search to find out the frequency found and other statistics on your Last Name in the USA.
Heraldic Center FAQs - Most people in the world can not claim an existing coat-of-arms. Exactly what conditions you have to meet to establish a claim varies considerably from one country to another. At the very least you must be able to prove that a recognized holder of the arms is your ancestor.
From the Usenet Newsgroup rec.heraldry FAQs - New to Heraldry? The chances are very good that you do not have any claim on any actual arms. Most people in the world do not. news:rec.heraldry
Coat Of Arms - are not associated with surnames, but with individuals and, in some countries, with families.
Yet another family crest lookup - For "FUN" only do NOT pay any of these heraldry people ..if you are Blue-Blood...you already know it, the crest, lineage and other trappings were already explained to you by the time you were 12 years old AND you were the first born male in the noble family.
Heraldry Clipart - "For FUN ONLY" - over 3000 pieces of Heraldry Clipart (some Italian Surnames) included here "for fun" only.... because *IF* you are directly descended from someone who was granted arms by some heraldic authority then you "may have" some claim to those arms within the jurisdiction of that authority.
Family Names - A family name, or surname, is the part of a person's name that indicates to what family he or she belongs.
Italian Names (or A Rosa By Any Other Name) Usually, a wife acquires the nickname (soprannomi) of her husband, even though in Italy married women keep their maiden names as their legal names. (Surprise! Men don't acquire their wive's nicknames! by Claudia Mazzoni & Peter Crawford.
Tell me your name - the meaning of Italian & Sicilian names by Angelo e Mario Grifasi.
Italian First Name Translator - many Italian immigrants changed their first names when they came to this country. If you don't find your ancestors name it's because only typical names are in the database so keep researching and look on other websites too.
English Versions of Italian Names - DOWNLOAD .pdf and/or also text versions of English and Italian names translated into Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Russian & Yiddish Foreign Names.
Rare Given Names in Early Italian Records - not all Italian given names have religious or classical roots. Many names encountered in older records are almost whimsical, and some cannot be translated into Latin or any other language by Louis Mendola.
Italian Occupation Names & other Genealogy Terms - go to the Italian Genealogy and Italian & Latin translations page of this site. If you are not a native speaker you should use many references when doing translations as it will help you understand the "gist" of it better