Re: Cianciolo/Cianciola/St. Charles
As far as the name change goes, I think that happened at the time of immigration.I know that my husband's ancestors did not speak English, and I don't think that they could read or write either.His bunch arrived here in Tennessee around 1876 (I know we're landlocked, but they had a son here the year they arrived so they must have docked and moved here immediately) and were naturalized in 1888, or thereabouts.
The immigrant ancestor is Girolamo "James Jerome" Cianciolo/St. Charles. He was born 10 May 1848 in Termini Imerese, Sicily.His wife was Catarina/Catherine Sansone.She was about the same age.(Going off memory, sorry)They had children into the early 1890's, but they remained in Nashville.They did have a son, Charles St. Charles.Therefore, he would HAVE to be named for a family member.James could have had a brother Charles.I'll do some digging and see what I can find out.