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CECCHINI connections

The Cecchini family are also steeped in the history of Barga and surrounding villages.  BARGA, known of the most Scottish town in Italy is certainly true to her name. Many came to Scotland and equally as many left for the shores of America and the New World.

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Barbera Cecchini

Barbara Cecchini resides in the USA in Boston, Massachusetts.   She studied Law at Harvard.   She has been in touch with Helen and I am very happy to share her story in this family website.   The Cecchini family are also related to ours through the Donati family from Barga.     Barbara is  also related to the Gianetti family who are also from Barga.    The photograph below is one posted on the wonderful Bargainphotos webpages by by pier Luigi Tortelli.  A great site with so many wonderful memories of the town and photographs of people now gone.

In this photo of approximately 50 years ago, is my cousin, Dr. Mario Giannetti, the ever beloved doctor of my homeland, Barga Italy. His wife, the beautiful and dedicated Sonia Naldini, whom I love with all my heart! They were blessed with the most wonderful son in the world, my brilliant cousin, Alberto Giannetti, so generous and kind to me. And their adored Mother and Grandmother, Carolina Santi, the wife of my Grandmother’s brother, Pietro Giannetti.

  • The Gianetti family are legend in Barga and their roots go back to 1600.  There is a . street in the centre of the town Via Giannetti just beside the Castle.  The first known Gianetti was a Priest Michelle and he allegedly served as a tutor to the Medici children in the 1700s.  Michelangelo Giannetti was a physician, scientist, poet and writer in Florence.  Students from all over Europe came to learn from him.  In Florence Cathedral there is a plaque honouring his birth and referring to his birthplace as Barga.  When he died at the tender age of 51 they published a book written in his honour called ‘An Ode to Michelangelo Giannetti.    Throughout  the centuries in both Barga and Florence the family were looked upon as pillars of their communities and several became Canons in the Church. 
  • It was in 1892 in Blythswood in Glasgow that we find Carlo Cecchini marry Antonietta Giannetti.

    Many interactions here. Cecchini, Giannetti, Deprato, Tognarelli, Pieri  and Casci.  All very well known Barga names and many who came to Scotland.  You can see clearly that Carlo was in the confectionery business.  His father was a farmer.  Antionetta’s father was a stucco figure maker and many came to Scotland at that time to do both these Trades.


  • 1892 also sees the marriage between Angiolina Cecchini and Michelle Giannotti.  Different parents but surely somehow connected.
  • More connected surnames Conti, Pacitti, Catignani and Ferri . You can see that Michelle’s father was also a confectioner and had deceased was deceased by 1892, the year of this marriage

    1895 Giovanni Bertolini married Dina Cecchini in Blythswood in Glasgow

    1901 sees another marriage between Annunziata Cecchini and Ferruchio Tognarelli in Hutchisontown in Glasgow

    1914 in Inverness between Zoe Cecchini and Patrizie Lunardi

  • 1926 in Blythswood again Giuseppe Casci and Dina Cecchini.
  • Not until after the Second World War do we find the next marriage. 
  • Remo Bertolini married Minarda Cecchini in Newington in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh branch

Many of the CECCHINI family came to Scotland.  Some landed in Edinburgh in the 1920s and others in Ayrshire in the 1950s.    I personally know  Silvana who is a POLITI and whose Cecchini ancestors arrived in  Edinburgh early in the 20th century.  Silvana’s father was Leonardo Ennio Politi. His parents were Ennio Politi and his mother Agatha Equi.   Silvana’s mother was Irene Rossi.  Her parents Ernesto Antonio Rossi and her mother Maria Colletta.   Silvana’s parents and grandparents were all in the cafe trade when married in Edinburgh in 1966.  All well known Barga surnames.  The Rossi family had settled in Loanhead and the Politi’s in Brighton Place in Portobello.

ADELINO CECCHINI had arrived in Edinburgh shortly after his marriage in Barga on September 16th 1922 to Fortuna Macogni.  Their son Sergio was born in 1927.  By this time Adelino was already a Restaurant Keeper in Edinburgh.  Marna was born in 1929.   Maurio was born in Edinburgh on September 16th 1933.   Maurio was responsible for the Red Telephone Box which is now in the centre of Barga.  He had it transported there a few years ago and it has become an institution in Barga.


1955 AYR

It was in 1955 that Ayrshire saw the marriage between  Luigi Cecchini and Giuseppina Maria Cecchini.  Luigi was born in the year 1917 in Barga, son of Pietro and Assunta Renucci.  His new wife was also a Cecchini, probably cousins of some sort.  Giuseppina’s parents were Giuseppi Cecchini and Cleminentina Conti


In Ayrshire  the family were also  involved in the Restaurant industry.  This branch of the family did not arrive in Scotland until the early 1960s.  Aldo arrived in 1963 planning to become a Waiter at the Sun Court Hotel.  He spoke no English and no Scottish either.  It was here that he met his wife Ada Martinelli.  The document here shows their wedding.  It is a great document as we have surnames Cecchini, Martinelli, Biagi,  Conti and Pieroni, the two latter ones closesly associated with our own family from Barga.  They married in September of 1963 at St. Margaret’s Church in Ayr   CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT THE FAMILY

Gonnella link . 1966 sees the marriage between two Barga families.  The Gonnella family had arrived in Scotland way back in the 1890s and were well established in the restaurant trade for many years.




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