Zangari Family Information

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Information on the Zangari Families

For years I have been collecting information about the different Zangari families from around the world, and I would like to share some of what I have found over that time. Treat this page as heresay or take it with a grain of salt, since I cannot prove or disprove any information which has been told to me, since all the people who could have possibly done so are now deceased.

 

The etymology of the name Zangari is of Greek origins, that much is proven. The original spelling of the name was "Tsangaris", which litterally translates to "son of a bootmaker".

 

Here is where the grain of salt comes in...

 

The original origins of the Zangari family are not yet known, but there are a many stories which have been handed down over the generations, and which have been gathered from other Zangari families.

 

We all know that we are from Calabria, Italy, originally -- that has not changed for any of the Zangari families. However, my particular branch of the Zangari family came from the mountainous town of Torre di Ruggiero, Cantanzaro, Calabria, Italy.

 

The town of Torre di Ruggiero has an area of 24.81 Sq. Km., and a latitude of 38 39' 15'' 84 N with a longitude of 16 22' 24'' 96 E, with a population of about 1856 people (as of 2000). The town of Torre di Ruggiero is bordered by neighboring villages of Capistrano, Cardinale, Chiaravalle Centrale, San Nicola da Crissa, Simbario and Vallelonga.

 

But I digress...my family comes from Torre di Ruggiero, quite literally the town is called Tower of Rogers. It's history goes back more than I can relate, but I will share a few links with you, so you can read the town's story and history, but let me just provide this -- it was a mountain town where someone had spotted an incarnation or vision of The Madonna (Mary, mother of Christ) and so they built a town and a church there. The whole of Italy suffered a massive earthquake around the year 1575 CE, so most of the records which were in the church had been lost or destroyed.

 

From what I have been able to piece together, the town had been founded as a midway point between the east side of the mountains, which lead to the Ionian Sea, and the west side of the mountains which lead to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Since the Ionian Sea separates the countries of Italy and Greece, during the times of the Roman Conquest of Europe, the town of Torre di Ruggiero was used as a point of passage from one side of the country to the other by invading armies.

 

The following link is for the official website for the town of Torre di Ruggiero; within their pages, they have a link called "la storia", which tells the story in much more depth. The following "Story of Torre di Ruggiero" has been translated using Google Translate from the original "la storia"...


It seems that its origins can be attributed to the migration of the population of nearby towns, who decided to settle near the fields that used to cultivate. They constituted, then, the first settlement around a tower to be understood, according to Rohlfs, as "farmhouse." In ancient times, in fact, the middle and upper Ancinale valley was called Tower because in its territory were scattered many farmhouses. It seems that Roger I the Norman, passing through these parts, he wanted to bring together in one place the various villages of which was formed the township. Ruggero himself seems to have suggested the name of the village. He decided, in fact, to call it the Tower of Spadola , given that most of the farmers came from the territory of Spadola.

The primordial nucleus of the Spadola Tower for the first time appears in a document dated April 13, 1071 and classified as Dotatio et Privilegium in which both attests to the donation of Spadola Torre forest by Roger I Basilio Scamardi, prior of the monastery dedicated St. Basil the Great. It seems that, throughout the Norman period, of Spadola Tower was under the direct administration of Basilian.

In the Aragonese period the tower community of Spadola developed. The village, consisting feud was attributable to Vallelonga and therefore followed the political and administrative affairs of Soriano county. In 1534 was founded the Augustinian convent of Spadola Tower dedicated to Santa Maria del Carmine.


The Carafa heirs continued to keep the feud until to 1648 when it passed under the jurisdiction of the San Domenico Monastery. In 1666 the estate was dismembered and Tower of Spadola, in 1672, was bought by the family of Ravaschieri Girifalco. In 1686 the estate was sold to the Soreto Caracciolo family, who remains the owner of the house until 1694, when it passed to Giacinto Diaco.


In the eighteenth century of Spadola Torre became part of the principality with Satriano Davoli, San Sostene and Cardinal. During the catastrophic earthquake that hit much of Calabria in 1783, Torre di Ruggiero suffered extensive damage. The convent of San Basilio and that of St. Augustine were almost completely destroyed. In 1783 and 1809, respectively, were later suppressed.


The French, by the law of 19 January 1807, they made ​​it a place by inserting it in the Satriano Government. For administrative reorganization, ordered by decree dated May 4, 1811, it was declared a municipality and place in the district of Clairvaux. From 'May 8, 1864, the town acquired its current name Torre di Ruggiero in memory of its founder, Roger the Norman.

 

MOST COMMON ZANGARI FIRST NAMES

Joseph 7.3%

Mario 1.3%

Domenico 0.9%

Frank 5.1%

Frances 1.3%

Catherine 0.9%

Anthony 5.1%

Albert 1.3%

Armando 0.9%

Nicholas 4.7%

Anna 0.9%

Angelo 0.9%

Mary 3.0%

Edward 0.9%

Alfonsina 0.9%

Samuel 2.6%

Lois 0.9%

Louis 0.9%

Maria 2.6%

Augustine 0.9%

Domenica 0.9%

Dominick 2.1%

Marianna 0.9%

Lucy 0.9%

Rose 2.1%

Patricia 0.9%

Santo 0.9%

Vincent 2.1%

Phillip 0.9%

Joan 0.4%

James 1.7%

Orlando 0.9%

Waive 0.4%

Peter 1.7%

George 0.9%

K 0.4%

Fred 1.7%

Thomas 0.9%

Mike 0.4%

John 1.7%

Giuseppe 0.9%

Ross 0.4%

Barbara 1.3%

Francesca 0.9%

Giovanni 0.4%

Salvatore 1.3%

Francis 0.9%

Alice 0.4%

 

 

Mark 0.4%

Source: Ancient Faces

 

 

 

     

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