The naming customs in Basilicata at that time were normally followed very strictly. As a matter of fact, in later years after Italy was unified, it was against the law to name a child after his father, because of possible confusion of records. In any case, the second son of Michelarcangelo and Maria Giuseppe was named Michele, with no middle name. This has been verified by record extracts directly from the town clerk in Salandra.
This Michele Ambruso (b. 1847) had a first son who was born in Salandra in 1890. Unlike his father, he did follow the naming customs and named this first son Michele, which was the name of his grandfather …but also the name of his father. But guess what, that Michele (b. 1890) named his first son Antonio, the name his father’s father should have had, the “second” name of his great grandfather Francesantonio Iula.Michele Ambruso born in Salandra in 1890 was one of "the four Michaels" I talked about in an earlier post (see my post dated May 10, 2013). He and his family eventually settled in Hartford Connecticut. To avoid confusion with the other Michael’s, I have labeled him “Hartford Mike”. We will talk more about Harford Mike and his family in the next few postings.