Hi, my name is Priscilla and I live in Brazil, daughter to a Brazilian mother and Italian father. My father immigrated to Brazil when he was 18. Family values are very important in our household, and although I would always speak to my papa about our background and heritage, I've always been very determined to discover more about my family's life story. My grandmother was from Sicily, and my grandfather from Brescia. On my mother's side, my grandmother was born in a city northeast of Brazil, where 50% of the white population had Marrano-Jewish ancestry, and her sisters were named Nazare and Esther. They were raised Protestants - a religion that was forced upon them. I was also raised Protestant, but I've always felt misplaced. For that matter, I've been doing some personal research about my ancestors and what possible relation to Judaism we might have for 3 years now. Despite my efforts, I believe it will never be possible to trace back if those roots in my father's family side really exist or not. But I am sharing this list with anyone who is interested enough to read it
It is well known that Sephardic surnames are almost invariably local, and among the Sephardi the tendency to adopt family names from localities was largely developed. In Italy is commonplace that Italian names which refer to cities are of Jewish origin.
This list includes about 1650 names corresponding to 9,800 households. These are Jewish families from all over Italy, mostly Ashkenazi and Sephardic, registered with the Statistical Office of the Keren Hajesod (Palestinian Reconstruction Fund ) of Italy, including those of the four German Communities, except those of colonies (Tripoli, Benghazi, Rhodes, etc.).
Dadone, Da Fano, D’Agata, Daldon, Dalla Torre, D’Ancona, Daniel, Danitti, Dann, Da Zara, De Abravanel, De Alvarez, De Angelis, Deangelis, De Benedetti, De Castro, De Cori, De Farro, De Frigessy, De Funel, De Leon, Della Riccia, Dell'Ariccia, Della Rocca, Della Seta, Della Torre, Della Volta, Dello Strologo, Del Mar, Del Monte, Del Sole, De Luisa, Del Valle, Del Valle de Paz, Del Vecchio, Demajo, De Medina, De Montel, De Nola, Depace, Depangher, De Paz, De Rossi, De Semo, De Sousa, Dessau, Deutsch, Diamant, Diaz, Di Capua, Di Castro, Di Cave, Dickmann, Di Cori, Diena, Dienstfertig, Di Gioacchino, Di Laudadio, Dina, Di Nepi, Dinkelspiel, Di Nola, Di Porto, Di Segni, D’ltalia, Di Tivoli, Ditz, Di Veroli, Dolfo, Donati, Donner, Doerfles, Dorn, Dowek, Dragoner, Dresner, Dreyfus, Drucker, Dubinsky, Durante, Duranti, D’Urbino.
Hi Priscila, I found my last name in your jewish-italian lastnames list and it is the first time I heard about that. How did you get that list and what other reference do you have I can read? I'm from Argentina. My lastname is Bologna. Thank you very much in advance. rené.
My grandmother was a Gori from the Province of Lucca in Tuscany Italy. I am not aware of any Jewish connection, but I am aware that there were many Jewish-Italians. Not sure this is of any help, but good luck on your research. Also, the Archive Center in the city of Lucca in the Province of Lucca has records back to the year 400.