Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tarantella, an ancient Sicilian dance ritual

My Italian ancestors lived in the Dolomite Mountains, the Alps near the Austrian border. However, there’s a theory that the family name, Ciliotta, referred to a migration from Sicily (note the “cil” in both words), many centuries back. So when … Continue reading

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What does the name “Benoni” mean?

My fourth-great-grandfather, born in 1777 in Mt. Carmel, Connecticut, had the curious first name “Benoni.” The Dickerman genealogy (Families of Dickerman Ancestry: Descendants of Thomas Dickerman, an Early Settler of Dorchester, Massachusetts), published in 1897, states that Benoni’s father, Enos … Continue reading

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