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I Soprannomi di Vallata

by Antonio Crincoli (IGG)

 

Some other Soprannomi encountered in the village of Vallata are as follows: (most are in Valetese dialect)

 

“la ferrara”        blacksmith

“lo pesce”                fish monger

“l’albanese”             from Albania

“l’prefetta”                county administrator

capo-culo”       head and behind

“cirasiello”        small cherry

“uciddaro”        bird watcher

“Peitro curt”       Peter the short

“Peitro lungo”      Peter the tall

“capuni”         the roosters

“papusid”        old slipper or shoe

“lo’ barone”       the baron

“ziccitiello”        little line

“pepe di tata”      Giuseppe of father

“lu conti”         the count

“lu chirchiaro”      the circle

“Giovanni a’musino” John the entrained

“lu zilato”                  the soiled one

“lo mal fatto”             poorly made

“lo chinchiro”            butcher

“picciutto”                 wise aleck

“facia verde”            green face

“lo champani”           champagne

“chiavarid”                keymaker

“la vaccaro”              cow tender

“tarrantiello”             little tarantula

“ciambotita”             one who eats ciambotta

“massa vino”            wine keg

“birtone”                   a large man

“lucia ravelo”            unknown translation

“la funuaria”              fear of taxes

“lu ramaro”                copper smith

“li ciccone”                older Francesco

“la scimmia”              the chimp

“angelone”                large Angelo

“poporapo”                afterwards

“scarpelinne”             stone carver

 

 

I, personally have found the soprannome an amusing facet of village culture.  When identifying a person today, while lacking the primary sources of information (given name, cognome, date, village, parents’ names), secondary information, such as soprannome, can be invaluable.  At a minimum, they offer some insight into the everyday life of our Italian ancestors.

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