Our People

"Guardioli" (The Guardiaregia Diaspora) is now truly global, no longer confined to our ancestral mountain village. Below is a list of the common surnames of Guardiaregia, their distribution, their origins, and also the many variations which occurred as a result of immigrating to "New World."

Traditional Surnames of Guardiaregia (With the approximate number of households located in Guardiaregia now)

Albanese (15) Bartolomeo (3) De Carlo (0) Casbarro (1) Colucci (4) Cristofaro (1) De Cesare (3) De Francesco (6) De Stefano (0) Galeazza (6) Giambattista (4) Giannantonio (19) Grifone (9) Lunardo (4) Martino (5) Mastrogiovanni (1) Masucci (2) Minichillo (2) Mucci (0) Palladino (5) Pallotta (22) Parente (0) Piazza (5) Pietrangelillo (0) Rotundo (17) Salvatore (1) Sampogna (10) Serino (6) Serio (11) Vecchiarelli (4)

"New World" Surname Variation (With area of distribution)

De Francesco DeFrancisco - Syracuse, NY Francisco - Amsterdam, NY Giambattista Giambatista - Syracuse, NY Bottisti - Amsterdam, NY Martino Marttine - Palisades Park, NJ Mastrogiovanni Giovanni - Detroit, MI Minichillo Minichelli - Brooklyn, NY Pallotta Pallete - Amsterdam, NY Pollotta - Palisades Park, NJ Sampogna Sampone - Amsterdam, NY Sambogna - Palisades Park, NJ Sanborn - New Castle, DE Sampo - Syracuse, NY

Origin of Surnames (Many surnames, like Sampogna and Vecchiarelli, can be traced in Guardiaregia history for centuries. However, many more have more recently become part of the town's history)

Biondo A census from the early 1700s shows the Biondo surname in Guardiaregia to originate from the neighboring village of Campochiaro.

Colucci A census from the early 1700s shows the Colucci surname in Guardiaregia to originate from the capital city of the Molise, Campobasso.

Cusano A the name would suggest, the first Cusano to settle in Guardiaregia came from the city of Cusano Mutri (Province of Benevento) on the other side of "Monte Mutria" (Circa 1700.)

De Francesco Oral history states that, during the time of the Spanish conquest of Italy, De Francesco surname arose from a Spaniard which settled in Guardiaregia. This has been supported by MondoGuardiaregia's research, which shows (even as recent as the late 1700s) the abundance of other Spanish surnames, such as PATALLO, which marry into the De Francesco families (traditionally the notaries of historic Guardiaregia.)

Galeazza Oral history states the first Galeazza to settle in Guardiaregia came from Spain by way of Calabria. Traditionally known as the "healers" of Guardiaregia (passing down the ancient arts of bone setting and the usage of wild herbs,) MondoGuardiaregia's research has traced the Galeazza lineage to a single person, Domenicantonio Galeazza, who settled in Guardiaregia between the years 1710 - 1730. Further research is pending the acquisition of the 1742 census from Naples.

Giannantonio MondoGuardiaregia's research has found the very common Giannantonio surname to originate in Guardiaregia starting in the mid-1700s. Further research is currently being conducted.

Grifone A census from the early 1700s shows the Grifone surname in Guardiaregia to originate from the somewhat distant (1:30 by car) city of Caiazzo, Province of Caserta.

Iacobucci MondoGuardiaregia's research has shown that Nicola Iacobucci (B: January 1, 1820 in San Giovanni in Galdo, Campobasso) came to Guardiaregia after being orphaned by both his parents and grandparents at the age of 9.

Martino A census from the early 1700s shows that the Martino surname in Guardiaregia originated from the nearby city of Cusano Mutri (Province of Benevento.)

Mastrogiovanni MondoGuardiaregia research has shown the start of the Mastrogiovanni surname in Guardiaregia to begin during the early to mid-1800s. Further research is currently being conducted.

Meola MondoGuardiaregia's research shows that the Meola surname in Guardiaregia arrived during the mid-1700s. Further research is currently being conducted.

Mucci MondoGuardiaregia's research has traced the Mucci Lineage to a single ancestor, Nicola Mucci, whose parents came from the neighboring town of Sepino, Campobasso. His son, Giampaolo, carried a 2 century plus lineage of Nicola to Giampaolo males.

Palladino Oral history states that during the French conquest of Italy, a French soldier married a young "guardiola" woman and settled in town. This cannot be either proved or disproved by MondoGuardiaregia's research, since it would have occurred in the 1500s.

Romagnoli MondoGuardiaregia's research has found the Romagnoli story in Guardiaregia to begin during the 1800s. Further research is currently being conducted.

Serino A census from the early 1700s shows that the Serino surname in Guardiaregia originated from the city of Cerreto Sannita, province of Benevento.

Zentena Oral history states that the Zentena originated 5 centuries ago in Guardiaregia with a Spanish soldier who settled in town during the Spanish conquest of Italy

Distribution of the Guardiaregia Diaspora (After immigrating to the "New World," mainly through the port of New York (Ellis Island,) most "Guardioli" found work in the New York City area and its vicinity. MondoGuardiaregia's research has traced some original immigrants marrying in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but our research shows that they quickly moved and settled in specific towns throughout the United States and beyond. Below is a distribution of these original immigrants)

First Immigration Movement (1870s to 1930s) The most major settling points for the first Guardioli immigrants were: Syracuse, New York Palisades Park, New Jersey Amsterdam, New York We have also traced notable populations in: Washington, D.C. Detroit, Michigan Columbus, Ohio ...and smaller groups in: Rochester, New York New Castle, Delaware

These years also showed the entrance of the first 5 Guardioli to Toronto, Canada, beginning what is now the largest population of Guardioli in the world. A notable amount of immigrants of Guardiaregia also found their way to South America (Mainly Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela) Second Immigration Movement (1940s to 1980s) The largest percentage of Immigrants during this period was to TORONTO, CANANDA, where there is now a Club Guardiaregia, which was formed to help keep together the sons and daughters of Guardiaregia in the area. However, This period also seen notable populations moving to: Argentina (City of Buenos Aires / Caseros) Australia (Very notable population) Belgium England France Germany

- Note that this information is a collection of the private research conducted by MondoGuardiaregia and its founder, Peter M. Farina. If you would like to submit your own research and/or comment. Feel free to send them to: Peter.Farina@italymondo.com