Orlando One-Name Study

Discovering Orlando's Globally

Charles A. Gauci. “An Illustrated Collection of the Coats of Arms of Maltese Families – Stemmi Maltesi” Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd, Malta 1989

Welcome to the Orlando Surname & One-Name Study


This study started way before I realised it was a study and began in the late 1980's, as I started to explore my Italian genealogy. The study was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies in February 2002.

You can read about the study and how it overlaps with my One-Place Study in this article From a Single Name - Beginnings of an Italian One-Name Study that I wrote for the Journal of One-Name Studies and was published in the Jan-March 2018 issue (volume 13, Issue 1).

The One-Name Study

There is a huge amount of data already within the study, although much of it needs to be processed into a suitable format for this site.

My initial processing will be the UK because that is where I am. As the study came into fruition through my own ancestry I shall be focusing on Sicily and especially, the town called Sutera in the Caltanissetta region. I shall then proceed outwards to other Countries including the United States and parts of South America.

As a Guild member who has registered the Orlando surname I have to do several things, firstly make the study global and secondly respond to all enquires. There are a few other things, but essentially these two things are the crux of a One-Name Study. There is no prescriptive method or time frame for making the study global, although you will already note that my personal Orlando ancestry is global. The biggest task will be getting almost three decades of material under control, processed and into this site.

Data within the study

Where a female marries out of the Orlando surname I tend to include one or maybe two further generations. Males, as they typically carry on with the Orlando surname are followed with no limitations. There are always exceptions to every rule and there are some individuals whereby I have been interested in their line for any number of reasons.

For my own particular lines of Orlando ancestry I have tended to include all information regardless if the material goes beyond the Orlando surname.

Material is shared if the individual is deceased or they lived more than 100 years ago. If the material is already in the public domain, such as a reference in an obituary then I do include that material, with some caution.

Source Citations

All material in the study is cited with the relevant source. I have not used the source element within the TNG set up, preferring to cite the material using the information within the media box.

Other links

The Orlando One-Name Study has very close links with the Sutera One-Place Study which looks at the town that my Orlando's came from. Since the late 1980's when the study started I have expanded the data to include other neighbouring towns.


The Orlando One-Name study is the property of Julie Goucher. I have made numerous purchases of documents or copies of documents. I also have a number of genealogical subscriptions which I have purchased so that I can develop the study further and add media to this site for illustration purposes and as evidences. Please always acknowledge the Orlando One-Name Study in your research


Orlando One-Name Study Profile

Orlando DNA Project

Orlando Facebook Group

Contact & Collaboration

I welcome a collaborative approach and submissions to the study. If you are researching a Orlando family, regardless of where they are please do get in touch.

Julie Goucher, 19th March 2017

Sutera, Sicily

Sutera,Sicily circa 1930. Sutera is the place that features very heavily in my own Orlando family which was the catalyst for the Orlando One-Name Study.