Hello John Nicholas! I hope you're still reading e-mails from your long ago query. My great grandfather is Giovanni Civetta of Castelvetere in Val Fortore. (He was married to Maria Pasquala Lupo. His parents were Nicolangelo Civetta and Maria Michaela Crosta. Nicolangelo's father was Arcangelo Civetta but I don't have the name of his wife.) We also experienced a name change - my grandfather Nicolangelo Civetta signed his naturalization petition with an "x" and was later taught to write his name. Some well meaning friend misspelled it! It shows variously as Civetta, Civetti (which is what most of my family in Newton, MA uses), Civette and I even saw one Civetto. Please feel free to contact me for more info! I'm sure we're related. email@example.com
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I see another family name of yours is Giantomaso. Twenty of us traveled as a family to Castelvetere and we were invited into the home of a distant Giantomaso cousin (Antoinette) who graciously (and excitedly) served coffee and snacks to all of us! I try to visit Castelvetere each time I visit Italy. (I'm planning to be there again sometime in May or June.) There are Civettas in Rosario, Argentina and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Best regards! Anne Civetta