It is all about the “o”!!!

21 Aug

On countless occasions throughout my life I have had to clear up a particular abnormality in my surname. It is rather obvious to see that I claim to be a DelGrosso, yet my last name is DelGross. It is a simple matter of the “o”, rather, the simple fact that it is missing from my surname.  

Alas, the “o” was “accidentally” dropped from my father’s birth certificate when he was born. Nobody can explain to my sisters and me why this oddity was never fixed. So we have had to go through life without our true identity, living like Bruce Wayne, our own little battle with duality. We go to functions where all our relatives are DelGrosso’s and yet we are DelGross’s. My daughter even perpetuates this error, here birth certificate says DelGross. I was told recently that for myself, it is rather easy to change my last name back to DelGrosso, but for children it is a difficult thing to do. So my daughter will have to endure the same duality that I have had to live.

This year I concluded a fun genealogical search through to my great-great grandparents in Italy. Perhaps I will use this forum to post the findings of that search. In closing, I want to claim my right to the DelGrosso surname. This will be my Nome de guerre throughout this blogging adventure. So no more confusion or questions please!

4 Responses to “It is all about the “o”!!!”

  1. John DelGrosso April 14, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    The reason the O may have been droped is because when the Italians from there region don’t pronounce the o on the end. My great Aunt does not pronounce o on the end. We are from Fiano . But she says Fian. Hope this helps. John DelGrosso

    • cjdelgrosso April 15, 2012 at 12:46 am #


      Thanks for replying. My fathers birth certificate accidentally dropped the O. My grandfather and all my uncles and aunts still have the O. My father never had it corrected. 😦

  2. John A. Basilone May 6, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    Hello. Just ran across your web page while I was looking up my own family history. My name is John Basilone. I am a 2nd cousin to the Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the WW ll. I understand that my Grandfather (Sgt. John’s brother) came from Benevento, Italy.
    I might try your recipe it sounds fantastic.
    God Bless

    • cjdelgrosso May 6, 2015 at 1:34 am #

      John – It is so good to hear from you! Your cousin family, and your family is actually from Colle Sannita as well I think. I have a curious connection to him also in that I am also a Marine. I have also talked with a woman named Theresa Basilone who is a direct descendant of John also. Feel free to email me and we can communicate more about this…

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