Name: Antonio T Lucovich
Estimated birth year: abt 1832
Where born: Cattaro, Austria
Civil Parish or Township: Cardiff St John
Cattaro, Austria was once part of Croatian Dalmatia and is now a part of Montengro and is called Kotor (Boka Kotorska)http://atlas.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&am...
LUCOVICH (nowadays spelled LUKOVIC) is a Croatian name.
The story is certainly titilating but most like de Lucovich moved to UK simply because of industrialization and the opportunities for employement, as did most people from Austria-Hungary. A-H had not yet industrialized
Here is what I had written back in 2002 for someone researching the same subject
"In Croatian and Dalmatian Coats of Arms, by Adam Eterovich, there are several variants fo arms for LUCOVICH/LUKOVICH.
The surname LUCOVICH/LUCOVIC is found almost exclusively in the Istria Peninsula area of Croatia. However there is an old Croatian family surname LUKOVIC (sounds like lookoveech). Antun Lukovic, descendant of an old Croatian family from Boka Kotorska (now this area is mostly in Montenegro), was the chief engineer in the project of building the Suez Canal (1859-1869).
The surnames LUCOVIC and LUKOVIC may be from the same origin. During Venetian/Italian rule many Croatian names and words in the Dalmatian region were changed to suit the Italian langauge. This may be the case in the first letter C in the surname. In Italian that C may have the sound of hard K. However in Croatian this is never the case plain C has the sound of ts as in cats, thus when the area reverted back to Croatian rule some, but not all, surnames went to using K again. Again this MAY be the case."
You will find a man named Antun LUKOVIC who is credited as being the chief engineer on the Suez canal at the links belowhttp://www.search.com/reference/Boka_Kotorskahttp://www.croatia.org/crown/articles/6367/1/E-Boka-Kotorska...http://www.croatianhistory.net/etf/et111.html#luko
And in re to Italy, this is not the case! Kotor was only under Italian rule when the Italian Fascists occupied this are in the 1940s. But for nearly 4 centuries it was ruled by Venice... long before there was a country called Italy. When people make records they will often give the name of the country or ruling power at the time the records are created vs when the subject actually resided at that place. In any case Kotor at that time had large Roman Catholic Croatian populationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kotor
Attached is how Kotor appeared in October 2007, when I took group on a Heritage Tour of Croatia and Montenegro.
Croatian Heritage Museum