The first of the Great-great Tales: What’s in a name?

by JanePeck on January 3, 2012

What’s in a name? by Paulino Brener

I grew up in Argentina. Like the US, Argentina is a country made up mostly of immigrants. I was always fascinated by stories of Spanish, Italian, German, Polish people living together in the “conventillos” (some kind of South American style slum tenements.)

Unfortunately I was not smart enough to ask my grandparents for stories when I was young.  Now only one of my grandmothers is alive and I can’t wait to go back to Argentina and interview her.

The best I was able to do to keep some trace of my ancestry was to use names from both sides of my family.

So here is a short version of my family tree and what I made of it.

I am the son of Ruben Roberto Ayala and Maria Emma Antonia Brener.

My father is the son of Irma Sonsogni (mainly Italian descent) and Paulino Damaso Ayala (mainly Spanish descent)

My mother is the daughter of Maria Emma del Pilar Cervilla (mainly Spanish descent) and Domingo Antonio Brener (German descent)

When I was born I was named Ruben Paulino Ayala. I added Brener to my name when I was 18 but currently I am known only as Paulino Brener honoring ancestors both my  father’s and mother’s sides

Working on an extended family tree has proven to be really hard but I still hope that I will be able to learn more about my ancestors one day.

 

What’s in a name?

I grew up in Argentina. Like the US, Argentina is a country made up mostly of immigrants. I was always fascinated by stories of Spanish, Italian, German, Polish people living together in the “conventillos” (some kind of South American style slum tenements.)

Unfortunately I was not smart enough to ask my grandparents for stories when I was young. Now only one of my grandmothers is alive and I can’t wait to go back to Argentina and interview her.

The best I was able to do to keep some trace of my ancestry was to use names from both sides of my family.

So here is a short version of my family tree and what I made of it.

I am the son of Ruben Roberto Ayala and Maria Emma Antonia Brener.

My father is the son of Irma Sonsogni (mainly Italian descent) and Paulino Damaso Ayala (mainly Spanish descent)

What’s in a name? by Paulino Brener

I grew up in Argentina. Like the US, Argentina is a country made up mostly of immigrants. I was always fascinated by stories of Spanish, Italian, German, Polish people living together in the “conventillos” (some kind of South American style slum tenements.)

Unfortunately I was not smart enough to ask my grandparents for stories when I was young.  Now only one of my grandmothers is alive and I can’t wait to go back to Argentina and interview her.

The best I was able to do to keep some trace of my ancestry was to use names from both sides of my family.

So here is a short version of my family tree and what I made of it.

I am the son of Ruben Roberto Ayala and Maria Emma Antonia Brener.

My father is the son of Irma Sonsogni (mainly Italian descent) and Paulino Damaso Ayala (mainly Spanish descent)

My mother is the daughter of Maria Emma del Pilar Cervilla (mainly Spanish descent) and Domingo Antonio Brener (German descent)

When I was born I was named Ruben Paulino Ayala. I added Brener to my name when I was 18 but currently I am known only as Paulino Brener honoring ancestors both my  father’s and mother’s sides

Working on an extended family tree has proven to be really hard but I still hope that I will be able to learn more about my ancestors one day.

My mother is the daughter of Maria Emma del Pilar Cervilla (mainly Spanish descent) and Domingo Antonio Brener (German descent)

When I was born I was named Ruben Paulino Ayala. I added Brener to my name when I was 18 but currently I am known only as Paulino Brener honoring ancestors both my father’s and mother’s sides

Working on an extended family tree has proven to be really hard but I still hope that I will be able to learn more about my ancestors one day.

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