I have a really good book I ordered through Ancestry.com called Italian Genealogical Records by Trafford R. Cole There is a chapter on Italian surnames and they address the use of Esposito. They say Esposito means exposed or shown. It is the most common name in the city of Naples. As for why names get changed, I believe the Esposito's I'm researching wanted to become Americanized, thus, Domenico became Dominic, Francesco became Frank, etc. One family member went from Giuseppe Condelese to Joe Conn.
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