Surnames in Termini Imerese indicative of Berbers and Black Sub-Saharan peoples

Record 94r g

“On March 19, 1547, Father Stefano Spataro baptized the daughter of the Black female belonging to Giovanni Filippo DiMartino. She was given the name Antonia Her godfathers are Francisco Vacca and Vincenzo Milana. Her godmother is Sister Filippa L’Angelica.” Photo courtesy of Father Anthony Delisi.

Slaves who are given the specific designation ‘la Mora’ or ‘lo Moro’

  • Antonia
    • the daughter of the [unnamed] Black female belonging to Giovanni Filippo DiMartino: laf. djla mora dj Joph¯o dj marttjno
  • Domenica
    • the Black female belonging to Ciaccio :: minj la mora dj chachio
  • Filippa
    • the daughter of Domenica, the Black female belonging to Ciaccio ::  la f. dj minj la mora dj chachio n. filippa
  • Paulino
    • the Black male belonging to Monsignore Pietro DiPisano :: paulinu lo morº dj m~ſ petº dj piſano.
  • unnamed female
    • the Black female belonging to Giovanni Filippo DiMartino: la mora dj Joph¯o dj marttjno

Surnames in Codex A constructed from the terms ‘la Mora’ and ‘lo Moro’

Nota Bene: when used as a surname, la Mora / lo Moro can also mean a Moor in a play or a Mulberry Grower.

  • Variants of the female term ‘la Mora’

More / Mure

di Mora

Moretta / Morecta / Muretta

Morrella

Moranja

la Morjna

la Mormoraia

  • Variants of the male term ‘lo Moro’

Morrottu

lo Moruano

Murranj

Murrottu

Moraturj / lu Muraturj

MurJunj

Published on July 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. what about the surname “quatrosi”?


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