Monday, April 3, 2017

B is for Bronie – 2017 A to Z Challenge

Aunt Bro was my mother’s 2nd oldest sister. Her mother called her Bronie.  Before I started doing genealogy, everything I ever saw about her said her name was Bernice.  Bernice = Bro?  Didn’t make sense to me.

It finally made sense when I was able to review the sacramental records at St. Adalberts church in St. Paul, Minnesota.  My mother’s parents gave their children Polish baptismal names.  They used American names thereafter but grandma always referred to Bronislawa as Bronie and she was Bro to everyone else.

One mystery remains:  why was Bro’s husband, Daniel Muccio, referred to as Uncle Jim?  I’m sure I’ll never know.


  1. Always nice to find a solution to a naming mystery. I had an Uncle Oville who was called "Tom" for no known reason. Sounds like your Uncle Jim.

  2. That's funny. I have some crazy things like that, from my genealogy finds - I guess we'll never know.