Gargaro is a southern Italian name which, according to the ‘Dictionary of American Family Names’, comes from the Greek stem gargar-, denoting either a ‘babbling’ or ‘clear’ stream of water, or ‘gargling’. Only the latter sense is attested as a vocabulary word in Southern Italian Greek. The Gargaro family name can usually be traced back to a few villages in the provinces of Latina and Frosinone. There is also a number of Gargaros in the province of L’Aquila, but these are more spread out and not concentrated to any particular villages. Probably due to the fact that Gargaro is Greek in origin, there are Gargaros in Greece today, which use the equivalent surnames ‘Gargarou’ and ‘Gargaropoulos’.
The first birth of a Gargaro registered in England and Wales is Dominic Gargaro (mistakenly spelled as Domonic). He was born in Bermondsey, but registered in the district of Holborn as his mother was living in Clerkenwell at the time. By Dominic’s first birthday his parents had moved to Woolwich, which is where they settled. A further ten Gargaro children were born in Woolwich and most of them married in Greenwich or Woolwich, where they also had families.
The only other place in England that has a sizeable population of Gargaros is in Derby, where the the name is first recorded in 1888 with the birth of Rosa Valentine Gargaro. In 1893 a possible sister to Rosa, Folimena Valendina Gargaro, was born. Another Gargaro child was born in 1896 in Derby and then a year later there is a death of a 40 year-old, Maria Valendina Gargaro, who is very likely to be the mother of the children born in Derby. My theory seems to correspond as in 1904, a man named Alexander Valentini Gargaro (possibly Maria’s widower) marries an Ann Hunt in Derby. A year later, there is more Gargaro births registered in Derby (likely to be half-brothers and sisters to the children mentioned previously) starting with Marco Valendino Gargaro then Ann Gargaro, Alexander Valentine Gargaro, Francesco Gargaro and William Gargaro (died as a baby). The couple have two more children in 1914 and 1917. From 1915, a steady stream of Gargaro marriages take place in Derby. I imagine today there are a fair few descendants of Alexander Valentini Gargaro still living in and around the city of Derby, however after looking in the current BT telephone directory for the Derby area, there is only one Gargaro listed.
There are also a significant number of Gargaros in Cardiff. Beneditto Gargaro, who was born in Italy, married his wife in Cardiff in 1885 and a year later a child was born named Rosina Gargaro. A further five Gargaros were born in Cardiff between the years 1886 and 1900. I am planning to research Beneditto Gargaro as I believe he could provide some clues on Luigi Gargaro, who might have arrived in the country around the same time.
Several Gargaros can also be found in Edinburgh, although I do not yet know very much about them. More information can be found on this website similar to mine.