The Tartaglini family originates with the Ancient Etruscans, and later the Ancient Romans, who lived in and established modern Italy. Also, there is a possibility of part of the family being related to the famoues poet, Ovid.
The Tartaglinis have moved around a lot, thus the name has changed and has many spelling variations (see the section on spelling variations below). A large portion of the family lives in two different countries: Italy and the USA. In Italy, the family is mostly if not completely in the Southern half, particularly in the areas Sulmona and Naples. In the US, the family is mostly in the Northeast, such as Boston and New York, but smaller portions of the family live in Kansas and Colorado (as far as I know).
I have found many Ellis Island records on the first Tartaglinis to pioneer across the North Atlantic from Naples and Sulmona to the shores of New York. Here are a few names, ages, and years of arrival: Adelina Tartaglini, age 21, arrived in 1905 from Seilmona; Alfredo Tartaglini, age 18, arrived in 1914 from Sulmona; Andrea Tartaglini, age 7, arrived in 1913 from Sulmona; Constantino, age 18, arrived in 1905 from Sulmona; Emilia Tartaglini, age 31, arrived in 1908 from Aguila. (More information on these people and others with similar names and spelling variations of Tartaglini is available here: [external link]
A few Tartaglinis also participated in World War 2. I believe that it was my great grandfather (father of Antionetta Tartaglini) who used to blow up bridges in Nazi Germany. He was caught twice by the Nazis: the first time he was let go becuase they didn't know who he was and if he did the bombing or not, but the second time they sent him off to a concentration camp. By the end of the war, he was only 80 pounds when the surviving prisoners at the concentration camps were released, and he lived to tell the tale.
Although being a Tartaglini myself, it's hard to uncover a lot of family history due to dead older relatives who had key information and the constant changing of surnames as people get married/divorced. The family is constantly growing and changing, and if anyone has something new about the family, I would love to hear it. It is known that the Tartaglini family originated in the area that is now Italy and that the surname Tartaglini may translate as "stutterer" or "hard iron." Many "fun facts" about the Targalini family as well as some famous family members and more on the history of the Tartaglini family may be found by reading on.
The name "Tartaglini" is supposed to translate to either "Stutterer" or "Hard Iron."