Unusual Given Names in Termini Imerese: 1542-48

Codex A contains a number of first names which are not those of Catholic saints. Some of these might be the actual names of Sicilians from the interior of the island, or of slaves who for some unknown reason, did not have their names changed at baptism. One possibility which might explain this state of affairs, is that perhaps the persons with such names might have already been baptized in the Greek, Russian, or Coptic Orthodox religions; and that such names, unusual in Sicily, were common in the regions where those religions were practiced. Several examples follow:

Antoci

Armenia

Artale

Bardo

Ciaciolo

Cinzingiaro

Cono

Diaffrozzo

Dulciana Melodia

Liparo

Lobello

Mazziotta / Matiotta

Sabello

Sarna

Sciuri

Spada

Turrimbeni

Published on July 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://terminiimerese.wordpress.com/cultural-factors/unusual-given-names/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: