Category Archives: Surnames of Pescara

SAVINI in Nocciano

Since I started amassing a database of people from Nocciano in the 1700s and 1800s, the name SAVINI has appeared so often that you would think the family has been around in the town for centuries, if not longer. With the help of the church records, I’ve been able to bring the SAVINI family all the way back to one individual who moved to Nocciano from Vicoli sometime during the 1700s – Michele Savini. Here’s how. While I don’t have any direct SAVINI ancestors, many in the family have married cousins and aunts and uncles 100-200 years ago, so their descendants end up related to me one way or another.

Michele Savini (abt. 1710-1787) & Rosalia (abt. 1713-1788)
(unconfirmed) Valeriano Savini (abt. 1740-1786), m: Anna Rosa Angelucci in 1769 (child: Giustino Antonio Francesco Paolo Savini), m: Cecilia Marcucci in 1771 (children: Angela, Francesco, Lucia, Domenica, Angela Maria Savini
– Silvestro Savini (abt. 1745-1817), m: Lucia di Felice (children: Giuseppe, Giovanni Evangelista, Francesco Saverio, Angela Nicola, Domenicantonio, Donato Antonio, Palma Antonia Savini)
– Lodovico Savini (abt. 1750), m: Palma di Meco in 1775 (children: Maria Rosa, Nicola Antonio, Nicola, Sabatino Savini), m: Anna Luisa di Profio in 1786 (children: Superna Clara, Domenico Antonio, Orazia Antonia, Maria Grazia Savini)
– Pasquantonio Savini (abt. 1753-1831), m: Domenica Marcucci in 1778 (children: Angelarosa, Annantonia, Maria Rosa, Domenico, Giustino, Nicola Savini)
– Domenica Savini, (abt. 1756-1806) m: Vincenzo di Felice in 1776 (children: Angela Maria, Gemma, Maria Arcangela, Giuseppe Antonio, Lucia, Gaetano di Felice)
– Anna Eleuteria Savini (abt. 1760-1830), m: Gervasio della Piana in 1785 (children: Sabatino, Giovanni Antonio, Annantonia, Giuseppe Camillo, Maria Vincenza, Giovanni Angelo della Piana)
– Anna Cleria Savini, (abt. 1761-1801) m: Domenico della Rosa in 1786 (children: Clemente, Maria Giuseppa della Rosa)

Michele, Rosalia and the children must have moved to Nocciano sometime between 1761 and 1769, since none of the children were born in Nocciano. The first record of them in Nocciano is the first marriage of Valeriano Savini (Image 1):

17 Septembris 1769 in Nocciano
Valerianus Savino Terrae Vicoli, et Anna Rosa Angelucci huius Terrae Nocciani

They had one child and Anna Rosa died a year later in 1770. Valeriano then married Cecilia Marcucci in 1771. They had 5 children, and though none of those baptism records say Valeriano was the son of Michele Savini, it is pretty reasonable to assume so.

Silvestro Savini and his wife Lucia (or Maria) di Felice had 7 children in Nocciano. Since their marriage doesn’t appear in the Nocciano records, they must have gotten married in Alanno or another nearby town. The baptism of Giuseppe Savini connects Silvestro to Michele Savini (Image 2):

Nocciano Battezzati, Chiesa di S. Lorenzo Martire, p.98
Name: Joseph Savino
Baptism: 22 Februarii 1782
Birth: 22 Februarii 1782
Parents: ex Silvestro filio Michaelis Savino Terrae Vicoli, et Maria Rosa filia Josephi de Felice huius, conjugibus
Godmother: Santes uxor Dominici Scipione huius Terrae
Priest: Sabathinus de Achille

This Giuseppe Savini married Massimina d’Agresta and had several children in Nocciano. Also, Domenicantonio Savini (1787-1831) married Camilla Palumbo, and Palma Antonia Savini (1795) married Romualdo Salci.

The third son of Michele Savini, Lodovico, was first married to Alessandra Palma di Meco on 24 May 1775 in Nocciano. They had 4 children (I think…I’ve found a death record for a child that I thought was already deceased), including Maria Rosa Savini (1776-1846) who married Pangrazio di Virgilio. Palma di Meco died in 1784 (and no records say who her parents are, so we can’t connect her to the Giosue di Meco family just yet). Lodovico then married Anna Luisa di Profio (Image 3):

Nocciano Matrimonii, Chiesa di S. Lorenzo Martire, p.48
Date: 17 Decembris 1786
Sposi: Ludovicus filius Michaelis Savini Terrae Vicoli, et Anna Luisa filia Antonii de Profio Terrae C.Quanae

The fourth child, Pasquantonio Savini, married Domenica Marcucci in 1778 (Image 4 – this record erroneously says Pasquantonio is from Pianella, instead of Vicoli). Domenica’s parents are Sabatino Marcucci and Agnese Olivieri (of Rosciano), my 6th-great-grandparents, so all the descendants of Pasquantonio and Domenica are cousins of mine. They had 6 children, 3 of whom survived infancy and had big families:

– Angelarosa Savini (1776-1823), married clemente Almonte
– Annantonia Savini (1777-1798)
– Maria Rosa Savini (1779-) (may have gotten married but haven’t found that yet)
– Domenico Savini (1782-1864), married (1) Angela di Marco and (2) Rosalia Caroso of Civitaquana (also a cousin of mine)
– Giustino Savini (1785-1850), married Chiara d’Intino of Rosciano (baptism record is Image 5)
– Nicola Savini (1788-1788)

The fifth child, Domenica Savini, married Vincenzo di Felice in 1776 (Image 6) and they had 5 children in Nocciano. Both died before the civil records began, so there are few records of them outside the church records. I was able confirm the death records by looking at the processetti for the marriage of Gaetano di Felice in 1811.

The sixth child (I think), Anna Eleuteria Savini, married Gervasio della Piana in 1785 and had 6 children.

Anna Cleria Savini also died in 1801, before the civil records, but having gotten married last it looks like she is the youngest child. Since she wasn’t born in Nocciano (no baptism for her in the Nocciano book), she must have been born in Vicoli, which means the family must have come here sometime after about 1761. It also means that we should be able to find the census record for Michele Savini, Rosalia, Valeriano, Silvestro, and perhaps Lodovico in the town of Vicoli when we look at the Catasto Onciario on the FamilySearch website as soon as that becomes available. Anna Cleria/Chiara married Domenico della Rosa in 1786 and had two children.

Now there is at least one other Savini family (well – derived from Savini, but not bearing the last name) in Nocciano that I can’t quite connect back to Michele, and this would need to be confirmed through the census records as well. There’s a marriage in 1776 for Liborio Marchionne and Berardina Savini, with no parental information. And no baptism records say if she is from Vicoli or if she is the daughter of Michele. My guess is she’s one of the eldest children. Some other Savini families: Natale Savini-Anna Domenica Riccitelli, who had children and died in Rosciano, but I haven’t yet found if they were originally from Vicoli, and the Taddeo Savini of Civitaquana (all Savini’s in Civitaquana go back to him, and he’s originally from Vicoli – he’s Michele Savini’s generation, for all I know, they’re brothers!). There’s also some Savini’s in Pianella but I haven’t explored them yet.

So all the Savini’s pretty much go back to the town of Vicoli. If you’re a Savini – I’d start taking a look at the Vicoli records to see if you can connect to any of them!

– Anthony

CETRANO in Nocciano

If you’ve been researching the CETRANO family, you may have seen the name in Civitaquama, Nocciano, and Catignano. It is most common in Civitaquana, where I believe the name originated, but in my direct ancestry, I’m connected to Cetrano’s in Nocciano.

Tree for my two great-grandmothers who were sisters, Chiara and Rosaria di Meco.
Tree for my two great-grandmothers who were sisters, Chiara and Rosaria di Meco.

Not only am I related to the CETRANO family through my two great-grandmothers – Chiara (wife of Pasquale Speziale), and Rosaria (wife of Vincenzo Scardetta) – but I am also connected through Giulia d’Amico, another great-grandmother.

Tree for my great-grandmother Giulia d'Amico, wife of Palmantonio di Virgilio.
Tree for my great-grandmother Giulia d’Amico, wife of Palmantonio di Virgilio.

You can see that all CETRNAO lines in Nocciano take us back to one couple: Mattia Cetrano and Maria Giuseppa d’Intinosante. It wasn’t until I looked at the church records of Nocciano that I found out there was a whole other CETRANO family in Nocciano, Nicola Cetrano and Anna Saveria d’Intinosante. Normally there is at least some record in the civil records that points to an existing family – some death record, some unfamiliar name, etc. In this case, not a single member of this family survived past 1809, so there was no trace of the family in the Italian civil records.

To start, there are the marriage records for these two couples (Image 3).

m: 24 May 1775 in Nocciano
Nicolaus Cetrano Terrae Catineani cum Anna Xaveria de Intino Santhe hujus Terrae Nocciani
Matthia Cetrano Terrae Catineani cum Maria Josepha de Intino Santhe hujus Terrae Nocciani

From these records we find that Mattia and Nicola Cetrano are from Catignano. While it is usually likely that couples that got married on the same day are siblings (Mattia & Nicola, Maria Giuseppa & Anna Saveria), it doesn’t necessarily prove it.

Well, we do have the death record for Mattia Cetrano (Image 4), which says:

Nocciano #21 Filed 15 Settembre 1826
Name: Mattia Cetrano, 74, contadino, figlio del fu Salvadore, contadino, e della fu Prudenzia

Then we have a baptism record (Image 5) for one of Nicola Cetrano’s children where the name “Salvatore” mysteriously appears right after Nicola (while no other baptism record says this):

Nocciano Battezzati, Chiesa di S. Lorenzo
Name: Maximus Antonius Salvatore Cedrano
Baptism: 5 Maii 1776
Birth: 5 Maii 1776
Parents: natum ex Nicolao Salvatore Cedrano, et Anna Xaveria coniugibus dictae Terrae

From having the marriages on the same day, both being from Catignano, and having the name Salvatore appearing in record, it’s pretty safe to connect Nicola and Mattia Cetrano as brothers. Nicola died in 1787, and all of his children died young, so there were no surviving members of his family.

Meanwhile, the Mattia Cetrano family looks like this:

1) Francesco Cetrano (abt. 1775-1818), m: Maria Giuseppa Galasso
– since he was not born in Nocciano, must have been born in Catignano
2) Domenica Concetta Cetrano (1777-1823), m: Giovanni Valente
3) Antonia Cetrano (1780-1848), m: Stefano di Rupo
4) Giovanni Antonio Cetrano (1782-1782)
5) Anna Rosa Cetrano (1783-1787)
4) Prudenza Cetrano (1786-1863), m: Carmine d’Amico
5) Vincenzo Cetrano (1788-1832), m: Concetta d’Angelo
6) Nicola Cetrano (1791-1794)
7) Bernardo Cetrano (1791-
8) Maria Gaetana Cetrano (1795-
9) Massimina Cetrano (1798-

So these records connect the CETRANO’s in Nocciano to the CETRANO’s in Catignano. Nicola and Mattia were born in Catignano as the marriage records say. The next question is: are the CETRANO’s in Catignano originally from the much larger family of CETRANO’s in Civitaquana. It’s very possible that Salvatore Cetrano, who we have very little information about (not even a death record), was originally from Civitaquana, married Prudenza (whose last name we don’t know), who was from Catignano, had children in Catignano, and then the whole family moved to Nocciano where their two sons Mattia and Nicola had families. That’s my guess! The answer remains to be seen.

– Anthony

DI MECO in Nocciano

I may not have census records for Nocciano like I do for Civitaquana, but Nocciano is smaller, so it is a bit easier to trace people back to the original families of a particular surname. Today – DI MECO. Two of my great-great-grandmothers were di Meco’s. In fact, they were sisters! So my grandparents were actually second cousins.

Rosaria di Meco (1848-), 2nd wife of Vincenzo Scardetta (from Elice)
Chiara di Meco (1851-), wife of Pasquale Speziale (from Pianella)

Pedigree Chart for Rosaria di Meco

As you can see, I’ve traced my DI MECO family back to Rosario di Meco (abt. 1742-1817) and Domenica di Cesare (abt. 1747-1799). Now, Rosario’s death record (Image 2) says:

Nocciano #56 Filed 3 Luglio 1817
Name: Rosario di Meco, 65, contadino, figlio delli furono Giuseppe, ed Agata
Death: 3 Luglio 1817

I’ve also got the marriage record for Rosario (Image 3), which also had the marriage on the same day of another di Meco-di Cesare couple. One can only guess that it’s Rosario’s brother and Domenica’s sister:

m: 7 Dec 1771 in Nocciano
Gustinus de Meco, et Anna Zopita Christina de Cesare
Rosarius de Meco, et Anna Margarita Vincentia de Cesare

As I’ve searched through baptism records (of which I only have 1748 and later), I’ve seen no parents named Giuseppe and Agata. I’ve only found one DI MECO family throughout the church and civil records, and the parents are named Giosuè and Diadama (these do sound ODDLY similar to Giuseppe and Agata…). Now this family I can tell you more about. Several children can be traced back to them through baptism records:

Giosuè di Meco & Diadama:

Chiara di Meco – b: 12 Aug 1749 (Image 4)
Diomede di Meco – b: 27 Dec 1752 (Image 5)
Giovanni Battista di Meco – b: 17 Feb 1754 (Image 6) – and this record gives us Giosuè’s father’s name of Biagio (Blasius in Latin)
Giovanna di Meco – b: 12 Sep 1757 (Image 7), married Francesco Almonte

I don’t know if Chiara, Diomede, and Giovanni Battista died as children or married outside of Nocciano, since the book of deaths starts at 1760. I do know of at least one older child born before my book of baptisms:

Biagio di Meco – b: abt. 1741, d: 16 Dec 1796 (Image 8), married Veneranda d’Alò

Also, based on that marriage record with Giustino di Meco and Rosario di Meco, there should probably be another son Giustino born before 1748 as well.

Right now, everything points to my 5th-great-grandfather Rosario di Meco being another older son of Giosuè di Meco: (1) his birth year falls right between Biagio (1741) and the earliest baptism record I have, which is for Chiara di Meco (1749); (2) the parents listed on his death record match up a little too closely to the names Giosue (Giuseppe) and Diadama (Agata), and (3) there is no other person whose record has the names Giuseppe and Agata. While this unfortunately isn’t enough proof to confirm this, it is pretty damning! And it would mean that all DI MECOs in Nocciano go back to the one couple Giosuè and Diadama – I love when I’m able to do that.

Several months ago, I noticed on the FamilySearch website that they are in the process of publishing the CATASTI ONCIARIO for the Kingdom of Naples – a civil census done for all comuni that were part of the Kingdom of Naples around the year 1750. When this comes out, this will be SUPER HELPFUL for the towns of Pescara (all of which I believe were part of the Regno di Napoli). For this family in particular, we’ll be able to see any of the children born before 1750 (and still alive), living with their parents. If Rosario is part of that family, that’ll be all the proof I need to make this connection.

Here’s the link to the FamilySearch wikipage on the Catasti (trust me, I check every day to see if it’s been published!):,_Kingdom_of_Napoli,_Catasto_Onciario_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29

Stay tuned for more posts on the families of Nocciano and Civitaquana!

– Anthony

BRANDOLINI in Civitaquana

Today I thought I’d take a look at the BRANDOLINI family in Civitaquana. Also not one of the terribly large families but has been in the town at least since the mid 1700s. I’ve been able to trace all Brandolini’s to these two couples:

Francesco Brandolini (abt. 1712-1773) & Maddalena Santa Faricelli (abt. 1714-1760), m: 21 May 1729
Luigi Brandolini (1745-1815), unmarried
Pietro Brandolini (abt. 1746-1790), married Candida Chiulli, children: Francesco, Rosa Maria Brandolini
Apollonia Brandolini (abt. 1744-1776), my 6th-great-grandmother, married Crescenzo de Stephanis, children: Anna Croce, Carlo Giovanni de Stephanis

Benedetto Brandolini (-1751) & Girolama Faricelli , m: 21 May 1729
Nicola Brandolini (abt. 1726-1811), married Lucia di Profio and Domenica Iannetti, children: Felice Antonio, Benedetto Antonio Brandolini
Francesca Brandolini (abt. 1733-1798), married Egidio di Profio, children: Giovanni, Emanuele, Gioacchino, Basilio Benedetto Domenico, Petronilla, Giacomo Antonio di Profio

Here are the census records for the BRANDOLINI families:

Image 1:

Luigi di Francesco Brandolini – b: 30 Jan 1742

Image 2:

In the house of Pietro Brandolini:
Pietro di Francesco Brandolini – b: [abt. 1746], d: 7 Mar 1790
Candida di Gennaro Chiulli moglie di detto – b: 9 Nov 1749
Francesco figlio di detti – b: 24 Mar 1780
Rosa Maria figlia di detti – b: 28 Se 1782
Maria Maddalena figlia di detti – b: 12 Jul 1786, d: 9 Sep 1790

Concezzia di Donato Nicola de Stephanis moglie del suddetto Francesco – b: 7 Dec 1773
Domenico Maria figlio di detti – b: 27 Nov 1799

Image 3:

In the house of Domenico Aniballe:
Domenico di Tomaso Aniballe – b:, d: 27 Jan 1795
Antonia di Benedetto Brandolini moglie di detto – b: 31 Jan 1747, d: 6 May 1797
Egidio figlio di detti – b: 31 Oct 1774
Tomaso Antonio figlio di detti – b: 30 Jan 1777
Maddalena Candida figlia di detti – b: 5 Mar 1781
Anna Girolama figlia di detti – b: 9 Aug 1784, d: 26 Jul 1794
Ferdinando Giovanni Antonio figlio di detti – b: 20 Oct 1786
Maria Celesta figli di detti – b: 16 Mar 1791, d:

In the house of Giuseppe Brandolini:
Giuseppe di Francesco Brandolini – b: 7 Jan 1751
Angela di Germano Trabucco moglie di detto – b: 5 Apr 1755
Anna Camilla figlia di detti – b: 17 Apr 1779
Annantonia figlia di detti – b: 17 Jan 1781
Anna Vittoria figlia di detti – b: 15 Jan 1784
Concezzio figlio di detti – b: 8 Dec 1785
Luigi figlio di detti – b: 23 Nov 1787
Anna Domenica figlia di detti – b: 13 Jun 1790, d: 31 Oct 1792
Elisabetta figlia di detti – b: 17 Jan 1792
Maria Giacinta figlia di detti – b: 8 Jan 1795

Image 4:

In the house of Crescenzo de Stephanis:
Crescenzo di Stefano di Stefano vedovo della qm. Apollonia Brandolini – b: 10 Jan 1740
Anna Croce figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 3 May 1766 (my 5th-great-grandmother)
Preziosa di Domenico Sciarretta moglie di detto Crescenzio – b: 6 Feb 1752
Domenico Antonio figlio di detti – b: 6 Mar 1786, d: 3 Jan 1787
Nicola figlio di detti – b: 20 Oct 1790, d: 6 Jun 1791

Image 5:

In the house of Egidio de Profio:
Egidio di Niccola di Profio – b: 19 Apr 1733
Francesca di Benedetto Brandolini moglie di detto – b: [abt. 1733], d: 11 May 1798
Giovanni figlio di detti – b: 10 Mar 1761
Emanuele figlio di detti – b: 8 Jun 1763
Gioacchino figlio di detti – b: 4 Oct 1766
Basilio Benedetto Domenico figlio di detti – b: 8 Mar 1768
Petronilla figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 29 Jun 1770
Giacomo Antonio figlio di detti – b: 24 Jul 1775

Serafina di Valeriano Carpineti moglie di detto Giovanni – b: 12 Nov 1767
Santa figlia di detti – b: 1 Nov 1793
Maria Zupita figlia di detti – b: 12 Jul 1795
Maria Domenica figlia di detti – b: 18 Feb 1798
Emidio figlio di detti – b: 6 Sep 1800

Maria Antonia di Alberto di Candeloro di Florio moglie di detto Emanuele – b: 10 Feb 1776
Maria Camilla figlia di detti – b: 27 Aug 1795
Sabatino figlio di detti – b: 21 Apr 1798, d: 7 May 1798
Maria figlia di detti – b: 16 Apr 1799

Image 6:

In the house of Nicola Brandolini:
Niccola Brandolini
Lucia di Niccola di Profio moglie di detto – b: 14 Dec 1730, d: 21 Mar 1797
Domenica di Giovanni Iannetti seconda moglie di Nicola Brandolini
Felice Antonio figlio di detti – b: 10 Nov 1798
Benedetto Antonio figlio di detti – 29 Dec 1800

And lastly, the marriage records (on the same day!) of the two couples (Image 7):

Die 21 Maii 1729
Benedictus Brandolini, et Hyeronima de Hyacinto Faricella
Franciscus Brandolini, et Madalena de Hyacinto Faricella

I’m not totally sure about the wife of Francesco Brandolini. The civil death record for her son Luigi says “figlio di Francesco Brandolini e Santa Faricelli”, meanwhile the only marriage for a Francesco Brandolini I can find is the one above. There is also only a death record for Maddalena Brandolini on 17 Jul 1760. It says “moglie di Francesco Brandolini d’anni 46”. In the absence of any other marriage record or death record for a Santa Faricelli, I’m inclined to say they are the same person – Maddalena Santa Faricelli (1714-1760).

There is another family – Mattia Brandolini – that is supposedly from Catignano, so I haven’t included them here. Also, I’ve seen elsewhere that the Brandolini’s originate from Civitella Casanova. I have in my tree a Dea Brandolini on my Pianella side, originally from Penne. So it’s not clear exactly which town they came from, or if they’re even all related. But at least in Civitaquana, most of them connect back to Francesco and Benedetto (meaning I’m related to all of those!).


– Anthony

RANIERI in Civitaquana

I’ve been researching the RANIERI family for quite some time…my great-grandmother Maria Grazia (Ranieri) Speziale is my connection to the town of Civitaquana. It’s not quite as common as some other names in Civitaquana – Trabucco, di Profio, di Gregorio, Palumbo – so that makes it easier to connect all Ranieri families. Right now, it looks like all Ranieri’s come down to:

Angelo Ranieri (abt. 1665-) & Saveria Cetrano, my 7th-great-grandparents!
Martino Ranieri m. Elisabetta Odoardi 22 Jun 1739 (children Sabatino, Donata, Nicola Ranieri)
Venanzio Ranieri (1702-1775) m. Anna Odoardi 22 Jun 1739 (children Onofrio, Croce, Agapito, Maddalena Ranieri)
Nicola Ranieri m. Dea Ciarfella 30 Jan 1740 (son Donato Gennaro Ranieri)

How do I connect Angelo Ranieri with his children? Since they’re all dead by the 1797 census, and death records tend not to have parental information, that comes down to the marriage records:



The first image shows two marriages (ignore the top marriage, that’s not a RANIERI we just needed the date)
m. 22 Jun 1739 in Civitaquana
Venantius de Angelo Ranerio, et Anna de Francesco Oduardo huius Terrae Civitae Quanae
Martinus de Angelo Ranerio, et Isabella de Francesco Oduardo huius Terrae Civitae Quanae

The second image shows the third child:
m: 30 Jan 1740 in Civitaquana
Nicolaus d’Angelo Ranerio, et Dea de Salvatore Ciarfella huius Terrae Civitae Quanae

Moving down to the next generation, the children of Angelo’s children…here is a snapshot of the RANIERI families in Civitaquana in 1797, starting with the Martino Ranieri families:


This first image is loaded with great info. There are three households listed here:

In the house of Lodovico di Gregorio:
Lodovico di Carlo di Gregorio – b: 27 Feb 1739, d: 10 Sep 1794
Donata di Martino Ranieri moglie di detto – b: 8 Aug 1743
Domenico Antonio figlio di detti – b: 12 May 1771
Elisabetta figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 28 Dec 1773
Pasquale figlio di detti – b:, d: 15 Aug 1793
Pietro Paolo figlio di detti – b: 19 Feb 1780

Maria Domenica di Martino Farricelli moglie di detto Domenico    Antonio – b: 28 Feb 1773
Camilla figlia di detti – b: 5 Nov 1800

In the house of Sabatino Ranieri (my 5th-great-grandfather):
Sabatino Giuseppe Berardo di Martino Ranieri – b: 10 Apr 1749, d: 29 Jan 1793
Antonia di Leonardo Ranalli moglie di detto – b: 12 Jun 1742
Maria figlia di detti – b: 29 Aug 1777
Biaggio figlio di detti – b: 3 Feb 1780
Lucia figlia di detti –
Celestino figlio di detti – b: 19 May 1786 (my 4th-great-grandfather)

In the house of Niccola Ranieri:
Niccola di Martino Ranieri – b: 20 Jan 1756
Maddalena di Leonardo Ranalli moglie di detto – b: 5 Mar 1754
Egidio figlio di detti – b: 8 Jun 1786, d: 3 Dec 1786
Egidio figlio di detti – b: 24 Jul 1788, d:
Domenico figlio di detti – b: 4 May 1792, d: 27 Feb 1794
Egidio figlio di detti – b: 29 Apr 1796

Next, the Venanzio Ranieri families. This record shows two his son Onofrio Ranieri (and his second wife Maria Antonia Marganella), and a few children of another son Croce Ranieri:
In the house of Onofrio Ranieri:
Onofrio di Venanzo Ranieri – b: 22 Aug 1755
Niccola figlio di detto, e della qm. Maria Domenica di Sigismondo Trabucco – b: 13 Oct 1774

Maria Antonia di Nunzio Marganella seconda moglie del detto Onofrio – b: 22 Oct 1764
Feliciano figlio di detti – b: 6 Apr 1786
Maria Carolina figlia di detti – b: 19 Dec 1788, d: 4 Jan 1789
Gemma Gentilea figlia di detti – b: 22 Jan 1790
Ignazio figlio di detti – b: 8 Feb 1792, d: 23 Feb 1792
Anna figlia di detti – b: 28 Jan 1793, d: 5 Feb 1793
Antonio figlio di detti – b: 7 Feb 1794, d: 13 Feb 1794
Rosalba figlia di detti – b: 18 Dec 1795
Domenica figlia di detti – b: 22 Mar 1801

Gregorio Donato Antonio figlio di Croce Ranieri fratello di detto Onofrio – b: 9 May 1774
Pasquale Antonio figlio di detto Croce – b: 7 Apr 1776
Concezzio figlio di detto Croce – b: 8 Dec 1778

Anna Odoardi vedova del qm. Venanzio Ranieri madre di detto Onofrio e Croce – d: 21 Feb 1791

In the house of Agapito Ranieri:
Agapito di Venanzio Ranieri
Angela Dea di Sabatino di Natale di Gregorio moglie di detto – b: 11 Jul 1739, d: 17 Dec 1792
Anna Antonia figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 6 Dec 1765
Anna Maria Giuseppe figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 5 Apr 1768
Francesco Paolo figlio di detti – b: 2 Apr 1770
Maria Petronilla figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 31 May 1772
Marianna Elisabetta figlia di detti – b: 25 Sep 1779
Donato figlio di detti – b: 23 May 1782

Petronilla di Egidio di Nicola di Profio moglie di detto Francesco Paolo – b: 13 Jun 1770
Nicola figlio di detti – b: 1 Mar 1797
Maria Fedele figlia di detti – b: 19 Apr 1798
Antonia figlia di detti – b: 17 Jan 1801


In the house of Bernardo Diodati:
Bernardo di Giacomo Diodati – b: 20 Jan 1732, d: 1 Mar 1795
Maddalena di Venanzio Ranieri moglie di detto – b: 17 Dec 1736, d: 2 Jan 1798
Domenico Antonio figlio di detti – b: 2 Feb 1762
Saverio figlio di detti
Cecilia Serafina figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 22 Nov 1768
Maria Lucia figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 12 Dec 1771
Maria Carmela figlia di detti – b: 15 Nov 1774, d: 24 Nov 1795
Porzia figlia di detti (uxor) – b: 12 Jul 1777

Anna Domenica di Pasquale di Gregorio moglie di detto Domenico Antonio – b: 23 Feb 1769, d: 20 Jul 1792
Bernardino figlio di detti – b: 13 Jul 1792

Berardina figlia di Nicola di Cesare Palumbo moglie di detto Saverio – b: 7 Mar 1771
Sebastiano figlio di detti – b: 20 Jan 1795
Domenica figlia di detti – b: 26 Jun 1797
Giuseppe figlio di detti – b: 20 Mar 1799
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Anna Aurelia di Giuseppe Lucaluce seconda moglie del detto Domenico Antonio
Lucrezia figlia di detti – b: 23 May 1797
Isidoro figlio di detti – b: 13 Sep 1798
Domenica figlia di detti – b: 10 Jan 1800, d: 21 Jan 1800
Ignazio figlio di detti – b: 23 Jan 1801

The Nicola Ranieri families:


In the house of Donato Ranieri:
Donato Gennaro di Niccola Ranieri – b: 1 Feb 1741
Petronilla di Federico Palumbo moglie di detto – b: 29 Feb 1753, d: 2 Aug 1793
Giuseppe Angelo figlio – b: 2 Nov 1780
Domenico figlio – b: 23 Apr 1784
Angiolo figlio – b: 25 Mar 1786, d: 4 Jun 1787
Francesco Antonio figlio di detti – b: 26 Nov 1789, d: 9 Jul 1789
Pasquale figlio di detti – b: 27 Jan 1790, d: 22 May 1791
Anna Lucia figlia di detti – b: 31 Mar 1792, d: 21 Jul 1793

Now there are still two RANIERI families I haven’t yet been able to connect to Angelo Ranieri, for lack of any parental information: Bartolomeo Ranieri and Giuseppe Ranieri. Bartolomeo (1720-1770) is actually also a direct ancestor of mine through his daughter, Caterina Ranieri, married to Rosato Palumbo (and Rosato Palumbo’s mother is a NAPOLEONE!). Giuseppe Ranieri (1726-1790) married Antonia Cetrano, and no church records give the name of the father for Giuseppe or Bartolomeo. Given that they were born before any of the previous Ranieri’s got married (1739/1740), they are most likely younger children of Angelo and Saveria Cetrano.

And the oldest record I have on Angelo RANIERI:


The marriage of Angelo Ranieri and Saveria Cetrano. It is the first record in the marriage book for 1691-1774 marriages in Civitaquana, and the date is so faint that it’s tough to determine the actual date. My guess is 13 Oct 1691 (it looks like it says 8bris, which is the Latin abbreviation for October).

– Anthony

VALENTE in Nocciano

Next stop on our journey through the families of Nocciano – the surname VALENTE. All individuals with the last name Valente in Nocciano can be traced back to one family, not originally from Nocciano:

Domenico Valente (1712-1802) & Silvia Giuliani (1737-1797)
– Caterina Anna Maria Valente (1752-1822) m. Giuseppe di Giancristofaro
– Antonia Valente (1764-1832) m. Bartolomeo di Cesare
– Francesco Valente (1766-1847), m. Maria Antonia Almonte
– Anna Maria Agrippina Valente (1767-1840) m. Lorenzo della Rosa
– Giovanni Valente (1769-1816) – my 5th-great-grandfather, m. Domenica Cetrano

I’m still working on the story of this family. I don’t believe any of them were born in Nocciano, as there are no baptismal records for any of them in the Nocciano book. It doesn’t help that the names of the women are inconsistent across most of the records! One baptism appears in a marriage processetti that helps tell some of the story:


This is the baptism record attached to the marriage of Domenico Antonio de Laurentiis and Anna Maria Valente (although here her name is Domenica Maria Valente). This was her second marriage after her first husband, Lorenzo della Rosa, died in 1817.

Catignano Battezzati, Chiesa di S. Gio. Battista, p.44
Name: Domenica Maria Valente, ex Dominico Valente Terrae Civitellae, et Silla Juliani conjugibus
Baptism: 24 Aprilis 1764 Catineani
Birth: 24 Aprilis 1764 Catineani
Priest: D. Paschalis Marsilio

This tell us that Anna Maria/Domenica Maria Valente was born in Catignano and that her father Domenico (my 6th-great-grandfather) was from Civitella Casanova. Now here is a record I found in the Catignano civil acts that makes this even more interesting:

Annafelice Valente death

Catignano #6 Filed 18 Febbraro 1818
Name: Annafelice Valente, 65, contadina, moglie di Giovanni di Lorenzo, figlio delli fu Pasquale Valente, e Francesca Giuliani
Death: 18 Febbraro 1818
Witness: Giovanni di Lorenzo, 62, contadino, marito della defunta
Witness: Giovanni Antonio Giuliani, 46, speziale, domiciliato in Torre Vecchia
Sindaco: Tommaso di Cesare

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there is a couple Pasquale Valente and Francesca Giuliani from Catignano who would have been born around 1720-1730 (since Annafelice was born abt. 1753).

Here’s the marriage of Giuseppe di Giancristofaro and Anna Antonia Valente on 28 Sep 1776 in Nocciano:


This marriage record says that Anna Antonia “oriunda a Catineano”, confirming that she was born and grew up in Catignano. Other records have her name listed as Caterina.

Here’s the marriage of Lorenzo della Rosa and Maria Agrippina/Domenica Maria/Anna Maria Valente on 25 Aug 1787 in Nocciano:


So my hypothesis is that Domenico and Pasquale Valente, both of Civitella, married Silvia and Francesca Giuliani, both of Catignano around 1750. They all had children in Catignano, and then Domenico and Silvia moved to Nocciano when their children married some Noccianesi.  All the Valente’s in Nocciano go back to Domenico and Silvia Giuliani, and the presence of Valente’s and Giuliani’s (but not a lot) in Catignano point to origins in one family. We can put this question on hold until we get a further look at the Catignano church and civil records and then start looking at Civitella Casanova.

– Anthony

DI BERTO in Civitaquana

If you’ve got the name di Berto/DiBerto in your ancestry and you know they’re from Civitaquana – we’re related! This is another one of the families where I’ve traced everybody with that name down to one individual, thanks to the civil and church records. The di Berto’s all come from my 6th-great-grandparents:

Nicola di Berto (1737-1817) & Santa Diodati (1737-1803)

Check out the 1797 census record for them:IMG_4030

In the house of Nicola di Berto:
Niccola di Berto – b: 3 Mar 1737
Santa di Giacomo Diodati moglie di detto – b: 20 Mar 1737
Gio. Battista figlio di detti – b: 6 Feb 1764
Francesco Paolo figlio di detti – b: [abt. 9 Jan 1766]
Egidio Giustino Serafino figlio di detti – b: 16 Nov 1767
Anna Rosa figlia di detti – b: 8 Feb 1771
Federico figlio di detti – b: 30 Aug 1773
Sabatino figlio di detti – b: 13 Apr 1776
Dorotea figlia di detti – b: 6 Jan 1780

Laura di Antonio di Nardantonio moglie di detto Gio. Battista – b: 3 Apr 1764
– Concetta figlia di detti – b: 4 Sep 1788
– Anna Saveria figlia di detti – b: 24 Jan 1790
– Felice Antonio figlio di detti – b: 31 Mar 1792, d: 6 May 1794
– Felice Antonio figlio di detti – b: 2 Nov 1795
– Massimo Antonio figlio di detti – b: 19 Aug 1798
– Domenica figlia di detti – b: 29 Mar 1801

Marta di Vincenzo di Nicola di Marco di Gregorio moglie del sudetto Egidio – b: 17 Nov 1778
– Domenica Antonia Camilla figlia di detti – b: 24 Dec 1797
– Camilla figlia di detti – b: 31 Oct 1799


Here is the family of the oldest daughter Anna di Berto (not to be confused with Anna Rosa di Berto) and her husband Giovan Battista Ranalli, living with his uncle Giuseppe Ranalli (also related to me!):

Gio. Battista figlio del qm. Gennaro Ranalli, e di Vittoria di Giacinto Palumbo nipote di Giuseppe Ranalli – b: 31 May 1761
Anna di Niccola di Berto moglie di detto – b: 25 May 1758
– Domenico Antonio figlio di detti – b: 3 Dec 1783
– Angela Domenica figlia di detti – b: 3 Jun 1787
– Maria figlia di detti – b: 25 Sep 1788
– Luciano Antonio figlio di detti – b: 13 Dec 1791
– Antonio figlio di detti – b: 14 Mar 1796
– Rosaria figlia di detti – b: 31 Mar 1799


Next is the family of the second oldest child Anna Rosa di Berto and her husband Girolamo Trabucco, living with his father Sigismondo Trabucco:

Sigismondo di Donato Trabucco – b: 8 Jan 1708, d: 23 Feb 1800
Anna di Diomede Caroso moglie di detto – b: 23 Dec 1723, d: 17 Mar 1794
– Evangelista figlio di detti – b: 4 Jun 1745
– Preziosa figlia di detti – b: 28 Mar 174?, d: 11 Nov 1799
– Dorotea figlia di detti – b: 27 Sep 1757
– Girolamo figlio di detti – b: 5 Sep 1760

Anna Rosa di Nicola di Berto moglie di detto Girolamo di Sigismondo Trabucco – b: 8 Feb 1771
– Camillo figlio di detti – b: 23 Aug 1792
– Dorotea figlia di detti – b: 6 Feb 1795
– Maria Camilla figlia di detti – b: 16 Jan 1798, d: 29 Apr 1799
– Maria Amalia figlia di detti – 23 Jul 1800

So all di Berto’s in Civitaquana will lead you back to one of Nicola’s sons: Giovanni Battista, Egidio, or Federico. Now, where did Nicola di Berto come from? There are a few records that I’ve tried to make some sense of, since they all kind of say something different.

His death record is:
Civitaquana #124 Filed 29 Decembre 1817
Name: Nicola di Berto, 86, contadino, figlio di Liberto, e Sembronica Matano
Death: 29 Decembre 1817
Witness: Donato di Gregorio, 62, contadino
Witness: Egidio di Berto, 42, contadino
Sindaco: Giuseppe Galeazzi

Nicola di Berto-Santa Diodati marriage

Their marriage record is:
11 Maii 1755 Civitaquanae
Nicolaus Sinphoroniae de Profio, et Sancta Jacobi de Diodato

The name “Sinphoronia” is similar to “Sembronica”, and it’s interesting that his mother is listed but not his father. In fact, the last name “di Berto” isn’t even mentioned in this record, but all the context pretty much confirms this is the same couple.


Above is the marriage record of Nicola di Berto’s parents, and even here we see different names:
A di 25 Gennaio 1734
Joannes Bat.ta Bartoli Terrae Vicuarii Diocesi Tiuoli, et Simpronia de Proffio


And the death record for Nicola di Berto’s father:
A 26 Settembre 1768
Giambattista Bartoli marito di Sembronia di Profio, nativo lo stesso di Vicuaro, mori d’anni settantatre in circa

Some further research (and help from folks on…thanks!) has shown that “Vicuaro, in the diocese of Tivoli” is the town of Vicovaro, province of Lazio, near Rome. All of these records would point towards Giovanni Battista Bartoli (b. abt. 1695 in Vicovaro) came to Civitaquana and married Sempronia di Profio (b. abt. 1705 in Civitaquana). They had one surviving son, Nicola (b. 3 Mar 1737 in Civitaquana), whose last name sort of evolved from “Bartoli” to “di Berto”. Nicola married Santa Diodati in 1755 and they had their 6 surviving children as shown in the census records above. It’s been exciting to be able to trace all families of a particular last name back to one individual, especially if that individual is originally not from the town. I certainly would not have been able to do this without the thousands of records I picked up while in Italy several months ago!

Are you a di Berto? Or can you trace your ancestry in Civitaquana back to someone married to a di Berto? If so, I hope this helped, and I’d be interested to hear from you! Feel free to email me at to share your Civitaquana discoveries or with any other Pescara-related inquiries.

– Anthony