My Campania, Italy Surnames and Places Lists


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Present-day Province of Naples

  • Montecalvario (Quartieri Spagnoli), Metropolitan City of Naples: Ferraro
  • Nola:  Napolitano, Marotta, Notaro, Criscuolo, Sepe, Trocciola, Stellato 
  • Nola Collateral Lines: Morisco, Tortora, Vecchione, Castiello, Manna, Cassese, Della Marca, Dell’Anno
  • Sirico (now part of Saviano): Sabatino, Di Conza, Di Falco, Di Sena, Sierpico
  • Sirico Collateral Lines: Subbrizzi, D’Avella, Vardolo, Ambruscino, Franzese
  • Roccarainola: Barbarino, Nicolino
  • Saviano: Zingariello

Province of Salerno

  • San Valentino di Sarno: Petillo, Di Conza

Province of Caserta

  • Marcianise: Ferraro
  • Grazzanise: Ferraro
  • San Prisco: Ferraro, Delle Cave
  • San Prisco Collateral Lines: Vitale, Pitrillo, Iannotta, Ferrara, Mincione
  • San Felice a Cancello (Fraziones : Ferraro, Delle Cave, Fruggieri/Fruggiero, Librera, De Lardo, Gammella, Zingariello, Dragone, Iaderosa, Barbarino, Papa, Bonillo/Bionillo/Ionillo, Capobianco, D’Ambrosio, Benardo, Piscitella, Cioffi, Ventura, Nicolino, Paciello, Bucciero, Magliulo, Vocciero, Formale, Affenita/D’Affenita, Gianino/Ianino, Diodato, Marletta, Litieri, Secondina, Paoluccio, Perrotta, Carfora, Girardo, Porrino, Ferriello, Martenisi, D’Addico, Petillo



  • Nola records are now online on Antenati under the Archives of Caserta as part of the old region of Terra di Lavoro.
  • Marcianise, Grazzanise, and San Prisco are partially loaded on Antenati, also under the Archives of Caserta.
  • San Felice a Cancello records have been partially loaded on Antenati at the same Archives of Caserta link I have used above.  They are under the headings Sei Casali d’Arienzo and San Felice a Cancello.
  • Church records for San Felice a Cancello are available on Family Search for anyone to view in the comfort of their own homes.  Some of the church records go back to the 1500s.

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Today’s Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Carmine Napolitano and Maria Michela Sabatino ~

On today’s date in 1842, my third great grandparents Carmine Napolitano and Maria Michela Sabatino were married in the Cattedrale di Nola, Italy.  They were the parents of  my Great Great Grandmother Filomena Napolitano Ferraro.


Nola Cathedral
Nola’s Cathedral

Last year, the following post was published on this day:  On this day in 1842…

If you have are visiting because you too are a Napolitano from Nola, my ancestry has been traced to Silvestro Napolitano born about 1710 in Nola and his wife Teresa Trocciola.

Other Nola surnames in this tree include Criscuolo, Sepe, Marotta, Notaro, Tortora, and Feo.


Immigrant #25 Great Great Grandmother Filomena Napolitano Ferraro

Filomena Napolitano was born in 1845 in Nola, Campania and immigrated to the United States, through Ellis Island in 1904 with her daughters and second son, my great grandfather Carmine Ferraro.  The title of this posting uses her husband’s last name after Napolitano because it was used on her death record in Columbus.  Had she stayed in Italy, she would have always been known as Filomena “Napolitano” because Italian women never change their surnames. In fact, Filomena arrived at Ellis Island as Napolitano as you can see on the Lombardia’s passenger manifest from April 28,1904.  manifestamferraro

I have written in the past on Filomena, Nola, and anything I could find on her father’s side: Carmine Ferraro’s Mother Filomena Napolitano from Nola, Napoli, Campania.

A post about the two headstones associated with her in the Mount Calvary Cemetery is here.  In case you are wondering, the cemetery still has no explanation on why she has two and why they are in separate places in the cemetery. This is her Find-a-Grave Memorial.

The following posts have already been written on her immigrant children:

Immigrant #5 ~ The Disappearing Antonio Ferraro

The Gift of a Genealogy Goldmine (An update on Antonio)

Immigrant #2: Angela Maria Ferraro Valerioti – Mother of a Renowned NYC Investigator and a NYC Refuse Company President

Immigrant #9 ~ Carmine A. Ferraro, Priest and Maestro

Immigrant #23 ~ Great Grand Aunt Elena Ferraro Scarnecchia

Two more immigrant children, Giovanina, and Gelsomina Ferraro Ciocco will be featured in upcoming weeks.

The post detailing her immigrant husband Angelo can be found here.

An earlier posting about her parents’ wedding is here:  On this day in 1842…

For approximately the past six months I have been researching Filomena’s mother’s interesting family, the Sabatinos from Sirico (now Saviano), Napoli, Campania, Italy.  They have been extremely easy to research, especially because Sirico was such a small town and appeared to have some money.  I literally have binders and files and piles of records from the microfilmed Sirico records from the Naples State Archives.  Filomena’s mother was Maria Michela Sabatino, born in 1809 in Sirico on Strada Napolitano, and at the time of her birth, her father Giaocchino was a sartore or tailor and was literate.  No, there is likely no connection between the Strada Napolitano and Maria Michela’s future husband – a Napolitano.  The surname is incredibly common in Campania.  Maria Michela’s mother was Santa di Conza and she was from Salerno.  I am patiently waiting for Salerno records to be put on Antenati.  Maria Michela appears to be the oldest of their eight children.

In the 1810s Giaocchino moved to being a vendittore di Piazza (seller on the Piazza), a tavernaro (tavernkeeper), and a bottegaro (shopkeeper).*  By 1822, Maria Michela’s father Giaocchino was a possidente or wealthy property owner.  He always seemed to be hanging around weddings in the town too signing as a witness where I found out about his wealthiest profession – possidente.  The signature of the man Giaocchino Sabatino was the same signature on his 1810s children’s birth.  I have an entire file of records that contain his signature.  One more thing I noticed in Sirico, all the literate Sabatinos of Sirico, too, spelled their surname with ONLY ONE ‘b’ when they signed their names.  ANNNNDDDDD, at one point in Sirico’s history, there was a Strada Sabatino according to the records.


Giaocchino Sabatino’s parents were Bartolomeo, a maestro sartore or master tailor, and Cecilia di Falco, an ostetrice or midwife.  That makes Filomena’s great grandmother from Sirico a midwife.  Giaocchino’s younger brother Lorenzo Sabatino was also a possidente and was Il Sindaco or mayor of Sirico from 1860-1861. 

From what I could find, Giaocchino only had brothers and from what I can surmise from viewing the town records, they were literate and educated like Giaocchino.  Their names and professions are as follows:

Federigo-calzolaio-shoemaker, vendittore di vino, industriante-trader m. Maria Felicia Ambruscino

Allesandro-sartore m. Domenica Vardolo

Giuseppe-sartore m. Marta D’Avella

Lorenzo-sartore, industriante, possidente, Il Sindaco m. Maria Giuseppa Tuzzolli

Giaocchino Sabatino died in 1847 in Ospedale degli Incurabili in Naples.  This is the Wikipedia link to this historical hospital with photos.  I found a reference to his death in that hospital on his son’s wedding record which I then located on Antenati.  Follow this link to his death record from the San Lorenzo quartiere of Napoli on Antenati.

As for Cecilia di Falco, she was born around 1763 in Sirico and I found many records about her and the babies she delivered.  She is the first midwife on my mother’s side.  Therefore, there will be more on the Midwife of Sirico as a later date…


Ellis Island

Nola:  These microfilms

Sirico: All of these films


I used this Roots Web link to help with older Italian occupations I found on microfilm.

*Some of the occupations found on the microfilms in Sirico were in the Neapolitan dialect.