Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Locascio connection?

I did a little Internet research, a Google search of "Piana Degli Albanese Locascio." The village name is where my great-grandparents immigrated to the United States in the first decade of the 20th century. I read a great deal about the various Albanian migrations in the 15th and 16th centuries, popularly called the Albanian diaspora. I also learned that many of the Albanians who migrated hailed from the Pindus Mountains in Albania. The ones who migrated to Italy are collectively called the Arbëreshë. Here is a link to a great Answers.com article about them, including a picture of their flag.

Here is a description of the village at: http://www.masseria-rossella.com/en/html/map.htm

Piana degli Albanesi is a town founded by Albanians in the 15th century where Albanian culture lives together with the Italian one. It is very famous because of the production of the "cannolo", a Sicilian sweet made of ricotta (a sheep cheese). In Piana degli Albanesi (12 km from Rossella) definitely you'll find the best "cannolo" of the world!

I found my last name at www.albanian.com. Here is the text from that site where Locascio appears.

Village of: Mezzojuso "Munxifsi" (in T'Arbëresh) (Arabic: "Mensel Jusuph" = English: "Houses or 'hamlet' of Joseph")

Location: Physical Features: History: A small Saracen settlement from about A.D. 10th Century. Passed into Norman hands in 1091 and then granted, by the Norman king Roger II, to Monastery of Saint John the Hermit, of Palermo in 1132. The village was nearly depopulated in the early 15th century. The Monastery of Saint John granted settlement to 48 families of Albanian soldiers under command of the Reres family in 1490.

Original Founders/Early Family Surnames: Surnames listed in Byzantine Rite Tax Record of 1618: ALESSI(DI)-BARBACCIA, BARBATO, BARCIA, BARCHIA-CANDILA, BARCIA-COLANTONI, BARCHIA-SOLDARO, BASTA, BELLOXI, BIDERA, BISCULCA, BORAXIESO, BOREXI, BUA, BUCULA, BUCULA-IMPAGLINA, CALANGA, CALANGA-CARROCCHIO, CALANGA-RUSSO, CALÌ, CANDIA(DI), CARNESI, CARNESI-FUMOSO, CARNESI-MOXIRA, CATANIA(DI), CAVADI, CEFALIA, CHETTA, CHISESI, CHIULLA, COLANTONI, COMO, COSTANTINO, CRITOPOLI, CUCHIA, CUCHIA-CURCIO, CUCIA, CUCIA-MARE, DIMARCO, DIMICELI-MOSACIA, DONATO, DRAGOTTA, ELIA(DI), ELMI, FERRARO, FIGLIA, FRANCO, GLAVIANO, GOLEMI, GULEMI, LALA, LANZA, LOATA, LOOTA, LOPES, MACALUSO, MAMMOLA, MANALI, MANOLI, MASARACIA, MASI, MASI-ALEXI, MAZA, MIANO, MOSACHIA, NAUDICO, PARRINO, PINOLA, PLEXA, PLAXIA, PLAXA-TUSILLO, PRIVATA, -RE, RERES, RERISI, RESI-MARCHETTA, REZA, REZZA, RIBECCA, SALAMONE, SANTACRUCI, SCHILLIZZI, SCHIRÒ, SOFRINA, SOFFRINA, SUFFRINA, SPATA, (LA)SPATA, STIPANI, SULLI, SULLA, TAVOLACI, VIRGA, ZASSE, ZUCCARO.

Surnames listed in Latin Rite Tax Record of 1667: ARNONE, ARICÒ, BAIAMONTE, BARONE, BATTAGLIA, BAUSANO, BELLONE, BONADONNA, BORGIA, BORRITTA, BRANCATAO, CINNIRELLA, BRANCATO-IANNELLO, CALÌ, CANINO, CANNIZZARO, CARBONE, CARUSO, CASCINO, COSSENTINO, COSTA-CUCORO, COSTANTINO, COSTANZA, COTTITTO, CUTTITTO, COZZO, CRISCIONE, CUCCIA, D'AFFRONTE, D'ALLESSI, D'AMATO, D'ANSELMO, D'AMICO, D'ARRIGO, DELL'ARTE, DIABERNARDO, DICHIARA, DIFATTA, DIGERACI, DICERATI, DIGRIGOLI, DILORENZO, D'INDIA, DIMADDI, DIMARCHISI, DIMATTEO, DIPAULA, DIPIAZZA, DIPISA, DITERMINE, DONATO, DRAGO, DRAGOTTA, D'URSO, ELMI, FUCARINO, GAETA, GARGIOLA, GATTUSO, GEBBIA, GERBASI, GOLEMI, GRATIANO, GUAGENTI, GUARISCO, INGRASSIA, LABARBERA, LAGATTUTA, LALIOTTA, LAMANNA, LAMANNINA, LANZA, LAROCCA, LAUDICA, LOCASCIO, LOFASO, LOMELI, LOMANTO, LOMONTE, LORE, LORESTIVO, MANICA, MANISCALCO, MARTINELLI, MAURICI, MIANO, MINARDI, MORALES, MUSCARELLO, MUSCARELLO-VIPERA, NICOLETTA, NICOLOSI, NOCILLA, OROBELLO, PARISI, PASSANTINO, CECORARO, PELLINO, PERNICIARO, PINNACCHIO, PIRRI, POLITO, PRAVATÀ, RASPANTI, RIZZO, RUSSO, SAFFINO, SOFFINO, SAMBORCATO, SAMPERI, SANFILIPPO, SANICOLA, SCHIFANO, SCIBONA, SGROPPO, SGUARDO, SPALLITTA, SPITALERI, SPITALERI-SFERRAZZO, TAVOLACCI, TERRANO, TORRISI, VACCARO, VALENTI, VISCARDO

Most Frequent Surnames Today: BURRIESCI, CUCCIA, LABARBERA, LAGATTUTA, LALA, LOMONTE, PERNICIARO, TAVOLACCI, VALENTI, BARCIA, BRANCATO, COMO, DIMICELI, FIGLIA, LOPES, MORALES,

More interesting links and tidbits to come as I do more Net research. I'm not surprised, considering my affinity, nay, addiction to mountains, that my ancestors come from mountainous terrain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ciao! Arberesh cousin!! - Arberesh guy in Texas