Our Italian Surnames

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 1949 - Reference - 299 pages
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Is your name Italian? Do you ever wonder what it means or where it came from? If so, you need look no further. Joseph Fucilla's Our Italian Surnames answers every conceivable question on the subject. In Our Italian Surnames, Dr. Fucilla, the late distinguished professor of Romance languages at Northwestern University, presents the most comprehensive analysis of Italian names ever published. It is also a book which is easy to use & presupposes no knowledge of Italian itself. Our Italian Surnames covers every facet of Italian names & naming practices. It is here we discover, for example, that Bussolari is Italian for compass, Orsini means bear, & Passalacqua stands for butterfly. (Fucilla, incidentally, means gun.) Besides given names & the evolution of Italian surnames, the book contains chapters devoted to pet names, botanical names, geographical names, bird names, insect names, occupational names & more. There is even a separate chapter on surnames deriving from names of spiders, worms, reptiles, amphibians, & mollusks. Written for a popular audience, each chapter of the book is a separate & informative unit in itself. Complete with a list of sources & an index of more than 7500 names, Our Italian Surnames is a monument to Professor Fucilla's lifelong interest in the language & names of Italia.
  

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I have not read Fucilla's OUR ITALIAN SURNAMES, but I would imagine it was a monumental task to compile an extensive list of names. And, of course, I wonder if my own was included : Buttaci!
Salvatore Buttaci, author of FLASHING MY SHORTS

Contents

GIVEN NAMES
3
THE EVOLUTION OF ITALIAN SURNAMES
12
PET NAMES
33
KINSHIP NAMES
51
COMPOUND NAMES
55
DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE QUALITIES
67
BOTANICAL NAMES
75
TOPOGRAPHICAL NAMES
98
INSECT NAMES
148
ARACHNID WORM REPTILE AMPHIBIAN AND MOLLUSK NAMES
152
OCCUPATIVE NAMES
159
OBJECT NAMES
179
ANATOMICAL NAMES
194
MISCELLANEOUS TYPES OF NAMES
221
THE ANGLICIZATION OF ITALIAN SURNAMES IN THE UNITED STATES
236
DICTIONARIES VOCABULARIES WORDLISTS AND GRAMMARS USED IN THE PRESENT STUDY
244

GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
106
BIRD NAMES
115
ANIMAL NAMES
132
FISH NAMES
144
OTHER BOOKS OR ARTICLES CITED
251
INDEX
255
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