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Arpino Gargaro connections

THE GARGARO family are related to the Quilietti’s through the family of Francesca Arpino, wife of Augusto  Quilietti.

The surname – Southern Italian: from the Greek stem gargar-, denoting either a ‘babbling’ or ‘clear’ stream of water, or ‘gargling’. Only the latter sense is attested as a vocabulary word in Southern Italian Greek.   Even today this is an unusual and unique surname and their are few family members.  Even in USA the name is rare


The Arpino family and the Fusco Family are intertwined twice.  One son and daughter Arpino married one son and daughter Fusco.   Very complicated for us now, but not uncommon in the 1880s.  Their offspring were nieces and nephews of Augusto and Francesca Quilietti.

So.  Francesca’s brother Michael Angelo Arpino married Benedicta Fusco.

Their daughter Maria Madelina Arpino ( born 1879) married Marco Gargaro (born 1881) in Edinburgh in 1900 in St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh.

marriage

the Quilietti connection

  • CHILDREN OF MARIA ARPINO and MARCO GARGARO 
  • Mary Gargarao born born 31st August 1902 in 19 Solicitors Buildings, Cowgate, Edinburgh
  • Michael Gargaro born 26 January 1904 in 8 Solicitors Buildings, Cowgate, Edinburgh. He died two days later
  • Carmen Gargara was born on 17th February 1909 in the Grassmarket in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town
  • Joseph Gargaro born 4th May 1913 in 37 Candelmakers Row, Edinburgh.  He worked as a news-vendor in the centre of Edinburgh where he held his pitch on the corner of Frederick and George Street for 42 years.
  • Yolanda Gargaro born 5th July 1919 in 21 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh.

There may have been more children but these are the three we know about to date.http://www.stpatricksparish.co.uk/church.htm

As complicaated as intertwining marriages can be there was another Gargaro and Arpino marriage in Edinburgh that year.   It  was GIUSEPPE GARGARO who married Mary Madeline Arpino {d’Arpino] On 25th June  1900 in St. Patrick’s Church, Cowgate.

CHILDREN OF Giuseppe and Mary Gargaro

  • Antonio Gargaro born June 7th 1901, 8 Solicitors Buildings, Cowgate, Edinburgh
I have  in May 2016 received correspondence from the grandaughter of Joseph Gargaro- her name is Juta McAllister – this is what she writes
  • I am not related to your family but may have stumbled across some information you may find interesting.  Today my cousin sent me a photo of my grandfather going on a ‘jolly boys outing’ coach trip with some other gentlemen from his local drinking establishment.

    The newspaper clipping naming Joseph Gargaro. It is telling us that Joe was a newsvendor and his pitch was at the corner of Frederick Street and George Street in Edinburgh's New Town. He worked here for 42 years. The paper also describes him as an accordonist - like many of his Fusco and Arpino cousins.

  •  In the photo there is a Joseph Gargaro (accordionist), my attention was drawn to him because there was a Carmen Gargaro that used to live in the same building as my grandparents.  Long story short, I started googling and came across your site, I found the Gargaro line of Marco and Maria stating that Joseph was born at 21 Guthrie Street – same address as my grandparents, my father and his siblings were all born there and my grandmother was born in number 15.
  •  So after a little more digging I think I can confirm that the Carmen I knew in my childhood is Carmina Gargaro, born 17 February 1909, 90 Grassmarket, Edinburgh.  I can also tell you that Michael (born 1904) only lived for 2 days.
  •  From the 1911 census I have found Phyllis, born 28 January 1907, 9 Cowgate, Edinburgh. I also noticed that when the census was taken, their neighbours were Fuscos.
  • A strange thing about the census entry is that there is no Marco listed, Maria is head of the household at that time and Marco was away from the family.  It also shows Antonio as a son aged 9, but when I go into his birth records it shows he is the son of Guiseppe and Mary, there is also a Pasquale listed as a son and Louisa listed as a daughter but can find no birth record for them.
  •  I have attached the photo that has started my evenings entertainment and hope you find the info useful

We find another interesting connection between the Gargaro and the Quilietti family.  It was in Italy on 6 September 1892 in Villa Cataina that we have a marriage between Addorata DiMarco and Pietro Gargara.  These two also came to Scotland and their family are as as follows .  The Demarcos and the Fuscos through the Brattisani line are also our relations

  • Maria Christina Gargara born 19 June `1898 at 477 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
  • Angelina Gargara born  23 August 1900 at 6 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh
Back in Italy in 1880 Domenico Gargaro, son of Domenico Gargaro and Nanziatta Polomba with godmother Benedetta Valente

Baptism of Domenico Gargara 1880

Domenico Gargara

Marriage

The Gargaro family also settled in parts of England and we find them in Clerkenwell, London, the now infamous Italian community in the year 1891.   We also find a 16 year old Charles Gargara onboard the vessell the Seaflower docked in Portland Harbour in Dorset in England on the day of the 1901 cencus.   He was born in Woolwich in Kent in 1885.

Some of the family also settled in Wales.  This branch settled in Cardiff

1901 census

This branch of the family were from Benedetto Gargaro who was born in 1857.  He died in the year 1948 in Cardiff.  Benedetto’s wife was Mary Anne Barry and they had several children who settled mainly in Cardiff.

The Welsh Gargaro

Gargaro Coat of Arms from their family website

Miles has a wonderful website , click on the link below, but here are some of his photographs



14 Responses to “Arpino Gargaro connections”

  1. Miles Brown says:

    Hi there!

    I am a descendant of the Gargaro family which you mention at the bottom of your article. My great grandfather is Dominic Gargaro who was born in Clerkenwell in 1880. The Charles Gargaro which you mention was his brother who served in the Navy based in Dorset. Dominic was also in the Navy and was based in Chatham. Their father was Luigi (also Louis and Lewis) Gargaro who was born in Italy around 1850. Luigi was the son of Michel ‘Mike’ Gargaro who was a basket maker. When Luigi came over to London he probably lived in Clerkenwell for a while before settling to Woolwich to have a family. Today there are quite a few Gargaro’s scattered around south east London in the boroughs of Greenwich, Bromley and Bexley.

    A few months ago I started a similar website to yours, where I plan to write a lot more about the Gargaro family in London. I have a photo of Dominic Gargaro which I will also get around to posting. http://gargaro.wordpress.com/

    Best wishes
    Miles R. Brown

  2. Helen says:

    Hi there Miles. The Gargaro family touch ours through the Arpino//Quilietti line. I have some Gargaro archive information regarding the family here in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh the family settled mostly in the Cowgate area of the city which was full of the Italian immigrants, including my own family, at that time/ After xmas I will have more time to have a wee look at what I have and let you know. Good luck with the website. It is the best thing to do to get family interested in their heritage and you can also find out a bit about branches of your family that are unknown. Have a lovely xmas and thanks for looking at my website. It is great to know that there are people out there who actually look at things. I have so much to input and not so much time as I also work full time. Helen

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  4. Mario Alonzi says:

    Hi Miles

    What a great site you have here, I was just doing some browsing when I happened upon it. I am one of Maria Christina Gargaro’s many grandchildren. Her parents fled back to Italy when she just a babe due to an incident with my great grandfather and the authorities, so I’m told. Our family is spread worldwide from New York, Canada, Italy and Scotland. Nonna Christina born 1898, Edinburgh, died 2001 aged 103 in her home village of Picinisco, Province of Frosinone, Lazio region.

    Mario

  5. Helen says:

    Thanks for the positive comments. Looks like you have a bit of history there……………Helen

  6. Michael George Gargaro says:

    Dear Arpino / Quilietti Family,

    I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in October 1946. I currently reside in California.

    My father, also named Michael, was born in Edinburgh in 1921, the youngest son of Domenico and Mary Gargaro My Granny’s maiden name was Munro.

    My Granda, Domenico, was born in Villa L’Atina in Italy, probably some time around 1880. I believe he immigrated to Edinburgh when he was a young boy. His father, my great grandfather, owned one or more ice cream shops in Edinburgh. His wife was a Coppola.

    Vitrually all of my Gargaro relatives are gone now, save for one aunt who lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Chrstina is now about 90 years old, and she is the last of her generation. My father died suddenly in 1960.

    I would be intersetd in knowing more about the Gargaro side of our family. I intend to read more of what you have written and I just wanted to thank you for doing this. Who knows, maybe we are distant cousins !

    Best regards,
    Michael George Gargaro

  7. Helen says:

    As you can see the Gargaro family and ours are connected via the Arpino and Fuscos. I would be happy to include some details about your own line if you approve. Please e.mail me on quilietti@blueyonder.co.uk. Thanks for your comments it is very interesting, as is all our family histories

  8. lynn severn says:

    hi i am the granddaughter of marco valendino gargaro who was born in derby on 18 july 1904 his father was alexander valendino gargaro and his mother was anne gargaro nee hunt. I believe from the 1881 derby census that my grandfathers grandfather was francesco gargaro who was living in lodgings at 3 chapel street derby with other italians including his wife maria v (does that stand for valendino as all of my grandads siblings had that name as a middle name) their occupation was musicians.

    Does anyone know anything about this.

  9. James gargaro says:

    hi great website my name is James Gargaro born10-02-1952 my father was Antonio Gargaro born in Edinburgh Scotland his father was Benjamin Gargaro who came to Scotland from Italy when he was 7 years old. I would like to know more about the history of the Gargaro family.

  10. Marion Properzi says:

    Am interested in hearing more about the GARGARO family – related to Michael (cousin) his Dad was also Michael Gargaro – son of Dom and Mary Gargaro (Munro) of Edinburgh, Scotland. Believe great grandfather was Antonio (court interpreter)

    March 21, 2017

  11. Sean Mc monagle says:

    Trying to trace my great grand parent. They left Italy 1900. Move to Scotland Edinburgh they arrived married there names Benjamin gargaro and angelina. They were born Italy 18.46.47

  12. Sean Mc monagle says:

    Look to find were they were born in italy

  13. Sean says:

    Just doing some work last night came across some information. My great great grand father was domenico gargaro from villa latina s.s annunziata Italy, he had one son Antonio gargaro his wife was angelurosa. (1870,74) they had one son Benjamin gargaro, he married Johanna wickstead, they had one son my grand father Stephen gargaro die Scotland 27 December 1980

  14. Helen says:

    First of all apologies for not replying sooner. Been away on holiday and have not had access to computer. Thanks for leaving your comments on the site. It looks like the Gargaro family were from the same region as the Arpinos and may have had family connections already back in Italy. I wonder if your branch of the family are from the Edinburgh area, and if they are they might we well be connected through these branches. I look forward to hearing back from you and would be honoured to start your own family page on the website and lets see what happens from there. You can find me on quilietti@blueyonder.co.uk if you want to send private information. Really happy that you got in touch. Helen

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