The One Name Study for the name of ORLANDO, which is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies, commenced in February 2002, focusing on my Italian Ancestry, by the time I had finally decided to register the One Name Study I had been researching my family history for 16 years. In 1986 I started researching my maternal line then, in 1993 the lines of my husband.
If fate had played a very different hand my maiden name would have been Orlando, and many of the questions that I have about the name and my Italian ancestry would indeed have been answered, and as genealogists know, only too well, what seems impossible, has a certain charm about it, and generally results in many, many hours of research.
The name ORLANDO is an Italian name, my own researches focuses on Sicily, but nevertheless, material about the origins of the name, is short supply and is linked to the name of Roland. Details about this part of the study appear elsewhere, except to say try putting the name ORLANDO into a search engine, I used Google, and once you have discarded the many sites about a holiday in Orlando Florida, there are some interesting sites and further lines of enquiry.
One of the initial things that made me decide to research the name more fully was stumbling across a marriage reference in Woking Surrey in 1901 of an Orlando, nothing odd in that, except that my own branch of the Orlando's did not arrive in the area until sixty years later, or did they?
Every study has a catalyst and this was mine, and therefore the One Name Study was formed as I sought to locate, collect and index every reference to the name regardless of its geographical location or its source
Varients included with this study are ORLANDA, ORLANDE.
As well as details on the surname, I am also collating details of different Orlando's - Such as Orlando Cherry Brandy (I have a rather large collection of the china urns) and H M S Orlando.
Distribution of the Orlando name in Italy http://gens.labo.net/it/cognomi/genera.html?cognome=ORLANDO&t=cognomi-prov
Distribution of the name in the USA http://www.gens-us.net/map/genera.html?cognome=ORLANDO
Material indexed in the study depends on the locality of the record.
The Orlando Study is a continuing work in progress.
The main Orlando web page is located at http://www.orlando-ons.co.uk
The Anglo Italian FHS is located at http://www.anglo-italianfhs.org.uk
For further information, contact:
Mrs Julie D Goucher
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