Some pre-Ustican history and Saltalamacchia name

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Posted by Steve Alexander on 14 JUL 2009 11:9:37

Not sure which one it derives from, but here is what I know. is not Italian, its Spanish. It would mean one of two things: Jump or Missing.
or Stain. Is Without Stain. These make for potentially interesting origins. Were they raiders of some sort that got their name from jumping bushes into neighbors property? Was their something that happened that was not good and at some point they changed their name to say that they no longer carry the stain of what happened?
from Ustica, but it was not an Ustican name. It came from the Aeolian island of Lapiri. Lapiri was inhabited at least back to the 4th Mil B.C. Ustica was not inhabited until the early 1700's, I believe. San Bartolomeo was a venerated apostle on Lapiri during the Christian era, which likely why San Bartolomeo is so prominent in Ustican and New Orleans hertitage. shows that the city was sacked In 1544 by the fierce Turkish corsair Ariadeno Barbarossa, who also sent the inhabitants off into slavery. Carlo V repopulated it, importing Spanish immigrants and residents of Campania - this would explain the non-Italian "salta" in the name. Through the early 1700's piracy was a a significant problem, which is possibly why Lapiri families moved to Ustica.

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