I've just had a quick look for Marongiu's in the phone directory for the province of Nuoro and there are 29 "Marongiu's" for the City (they call it a city but it's just a small town) one of the is actually a Costantino ! Then I looked at Sedilo where there are 9 families and just one of them is called Costanzo.
As for your observation on the Spanish pronunciation of the names it is very likely that the Americans misunderstood the "sardo's" when they landed as being Spanish . Allot of the Sardinian dialects are similar to Spanish more so than to Italian. It looks as though you know quite a bit about this island so you will most probably be aware of this. Allot of the elder folk on the island speak in dialect and every village has it's own even though they are similar to each other they vary to where abouts they are. The area of Sassari is very Spanish sounding as being under the Spanish rule.
Until very recent years the Sardinians married within their own villages or at the most with the nearby villagers, if you manage to find roughly where abouts your family came from it will be quite easy to go on from there.
As your enquiry to my husbands family name....... I haven't looked up much of his family name but he is most likely related many generations back to Emile Zola who was a son of a Zola from the Venice region there is a pocket of Zola's up in the north of Italy then there are the Zola's here in Sardinia all in the Nuoro province... up to now I know that two brothers settled in Nuoro ..... Where they came from I don't know but one went to live in Oliena a town about ten kilometres from Nuoro and the other to the village where I live called Galtellì about thirty kilometres from Nuoro. The one that went to Oliena has another claim to fame.... not so popular with you Americans as us Europeans ... that is the football player (soccer) GIAN FRANCO ZOLA who played for Chelsea till this season when he transferred to Caglieri here in Sardinia till he retires. I have yet to look up my husband’s side as I'm concentrating on mine .... Having BIG problems as my great x two grand parents were called Mary and John Smith!! 1 and I didn't know which part of Yorkshire they came from to start with....but that's another story.
Most of the records here are kept by the church so if you do manage to find out roughly where your lot come from then it shouldn't be too hard to go back ...or forward to today's Marongiu's.... the main problem is that you wont find many people this way looking for their ancestors.... I've yet to meet one! But it would be a great excuse to come to this beautiful island for a holiday.... the people here are so friendly and the place is fantastic and UN spoilt... I'm probably sounding like the tourist board for Sardinia.... but it's true. You may have seen Madonna’s flop SWEPTAWAY well it was filmed just down the road from where I live.
But anyway this is all straying from your Marongiu's! and I've got to get back to my grandson who's playing up for his bottle..... let me know if I can help you in any way over here .... that's if you can find out where abouts in Sardinia your originary from.
PS no I dont go about with a bowler hat .....or have a moustache etc!
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