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Surnames and Their Origins – January 2022

By On January 6, 2022

PASSARELLI – This surname derives from the surname of a noble family from France. It is also said to be derived from a dialect word meaning strainer. It is registered in 17… Read More

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Italian Lesson – January 2022

By On January 5, 2022

Our lesson this month is about the home. For a moment, let’s think about buying a home in Italy. You would need a very specific vocabulary. How would you say “hallway” or… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – December 2021

By On December 1, 2021

This month’s surname feature focuses on names related to Christmas and/or their biblical origins. This month’s feature also confirms that which our regular monthly feature doesn’t stress. That is that a majority… Read More

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Italian Lesson – December 2021

By On December 1, 2021

Natale all’italiana Unlike the United States, which generally recognizes Thanksgiving as the day that ushers in the nation’s Christmas holiday season, in Italy “the season opener” can vary. Depending on where in… Read More

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Italian Lesson – November 2021

By On October 31, 2021

Though this year may considered a safer time to gather than last year, many families may choose to keep the family gatherings small, maybe even only with the immediate family members. No… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – November 2021

By On October 31, 2021

PARENTE – This surname derives from the apheresis of the medieval Italian name Bonparente meaning “good father, good parent.”.The surname Parente is typical in central and southern Italy. There are approximately 2,115… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – October 2021

By On October 1, 2021

This month’s surname column features surnames that start with the letter C, and for a special reason. Since October is the month that Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus Day and it is the month… Read More

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Italian Lesson – October 2021

By On October 1, 2021

As in past October issues, the Herald will dedicate this issue’s lesson to Halloween. Halloween has become a big celebration in Italy. Although it is regarded by some as another invasion of… Read More

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Surnames and Their Origins – September 2021

By On September 1, 2021

PALMIERI – This surname derives from the old French first name Palmiere, which in turn derives from Palma, a nickname given during the Middle Ages to the pilgrims to the Holy Land.… Read More

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Italian Lesson – September 2021

By On September 1, 2021

This month’s lesson is talking about weather in Italian.The most used expressions to ask for information about weather in Italian are: Quali sono le previsioni del tempo per oggi / domani /… Read More