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Hi. I've been reading the posts and I just wanted to add some information. My father's family comes from Spilinga which is a province of Ricadi. Anyone who's name is Pontiero(or Ponto from what I've been told)that comes from that part of Italy definetly had thier name shortened when they came to America. I know this for a fact because I am still close with my family in Italy and know that anyone from Spilinga with that last name is related some way or another. (and no, not incest...we just have a huge family) My father told me that according to our history, there were two Pontoriero brothers that left thier home town in the 1800's or so and moved. One went North, the other to Spilinga. While there, the family expanded enormously. My grandfather was the youngest of 8 and had 10 children himself. His brothers and sisters all had children who have either stayed in Spilinga or moved to America (mainly New Jersey) or Buenos Aires, Argentina. For me alone, I have over 30 cousins (all Pontoriero) in NJ or still in Spilinga and numerous second and third cousins in Argentina. My grandfather's name is Antonio Pontoriero, my father Francesco. For anyone in the New Jersey area, there is a Spilingese social club located in Newark. Hardly anyone goes anymore, mostly the older generation to play cards or watch a soccer game, but the Pontoriero family is still very close in our area. (It's nice to see that other woman have the name Lisa Pontoriero as I am in the only one in my immediate family.)