To all jewish-italians out there

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To all jewish-italians out there

Postby priscillacrema » 01 Nov 2013, 05:19

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 :wink:

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.).

A

Aadith, Abadì, Abeles, Abenaim, Abeniacar, Abib, Abigdor, Aboaf, Abramson, Abravanel, Abulaffi, (1) Abulaffia, Acco, Acher, Adagnia, Aderca, Ades, Adler, Aelion, Aghib, Ahrens, Ajar, Alatri, Alba, Albahari, Albaum, Albert, Albina, Albini, Alcalai, Alfaquain, Algranati, Alhaique, Allalouf, Allan Civita, Alrnagià, Almansi, Almansi Macchioro, Almeda, Alphandery, Alpron, Alt, Altarass, Altaress, Altberger, Alter, Alticheh, Amar, Ameriglio, Amati, Ambonetti, Ambron, Amì, Amman, Amy, Anau, Ancona, Andrè, Angel, Angeli, Angelini, Anguillara, Anticoli, Ara, Arbib, Archivolti, Arditti, Arditi, Ariani, Arias, Ariccia, Ariete, Arieti, Arnstein, Artom, Aruch, Ascarelli, Ascer, Aschenazi, Ascher, Ascoli, Ascoli Marchetti, Assajcas, Asseo, Astein, Asti, Astrologo, Attal, Attias, Aub, Avigdor, Auerbach, Awerbach, Azankot, Azavei, Azavey, Azria, Azriel, Azzaria.

B

Badalassi Orvieto, Baer, Bachi, Backschmiedt, Bagdalli, Bahorjudà, Baiona, Bak, Balachovsky, Ball, Ballanti, Balog, Banon, Banti, Baquis, Baracchi, Barchi, Barmè Mazloun, Baroccio, Barroccio, Baruch, Barzilai, Barzillon, Basevi, Basilea, Basola, Bassan, Behor, Bassani, Bassano, Bassi, Batò, Battino, Bauer, Beck, Bedarida, Bedussa, Beer, Behar, Beilinson, Belaise, Belforte, Belgrado, Belimbau, Belleli, Bellom, Belmonte, Bemporad, Benadì, Benaim, Benamozegh, Benarayo, Benedetti, Beniacar, Beniamin, Benigno, Benoliel, Bensillun, Bensussan, Benusiglio, Benveniste, Benvenisti, Benzimrà, Benzouan, Berahà, Berer, Bergmann, Bergholz, Bermann, Bernardoni, Berni, Bernheimer, Bernsteir, Bertel, Beruchel, Besso, Betrich, Betti, Bettinelli, Bettmann, Biach, Bianchini, Bienenfeld, Bigiavi, Bigio, Biks, Bingen, Bischof (vescovo!), Bises, Bisi Mantovani, Bisogni, Bisson, Bivak, Blanes, Blaskopf, Blau, Blitz, Bloch, Blotzek, Blum, Blumberg, Blumenthal, Boaz, Bobek, Boccara, Boffi, Boghen, Boehm, Bolaffi, Bolaffio, Bollag, Bolle, Bologna, Bolosca, Baustein, Bonaventura, Bondì, Bonfiglioli, Bonomie, Bonucci, Boralevi, Borgetti, Borghi, Borlenghi, Borseti, Bows, Bracci, Brandenburg, Brandes, Brandi, Braeuer, Braun, Brauner, Braunschweig, Braunstein, Bravermann, Brecher, Breiner, Breinin, Bresner, Brill, Brisi, Brociner, Brok, Brod, Brodanka, Brunner, Buchbinder, Buchsbaum, Bueno, Bunzel.

C

Cabibbe, Cademann, Cadorini, Caffaz, Cagli, Caimi, Caimmi, Caivano, Calabi, Calabresi, Calderoni, Calef, Caleff, Calfoa, Calimani, Calò, Calvo, Camaioli, Camerini, Camerino, Camhi, Camis, Camis de Fonseca, Cammeo, Campagnano, Campos, Canarutto, Cannaruto, Cantoni, Capato, Capua, Carasso, Carrara, Carcsson, Cardoso, Carijo, Carlì, Carmi, Carmona, Caro, Carpanetti, Carpi, Carsen, Caruba, Casanova, Cases, Cases Pellegrini, Cascinelli, Cassin, Cassuto, Castelbolognesi, Castelletti, Castelli, Castelfranchi, Castelfranco, Castelnuovo Tedesco, Castiglioni, Castro, Cattelani, Cava, Cave Bondì, Cavaglieri, Cavaglione, Cavalieri, Caviglia, Cendraissousa, Cervetti, Cesana, Cevidalli, Clerido, Clava, Clerle, Cludnevitz, Chajes, Chapira, Chimichì, Ciaroff, Cingoli, Citone, Citone in Alvarenga, Citoni, Cividalli, Civita, Coen, Coen Cantarini, Coen Gialli, Coenca, Cogoi, Cohen, Coifmann, Colasanti, Colia, Colombo, Colonna, Colorni, Confino, Conforte, Conforti, Confort, Conigliani, Consarelli, Consigli, Consiglio, Consolo, Contini, Corcos, Cori, Corinaldi, Coscas Majon, Costa, Costantini, Cotton, Covo, Cramer, Cratz, Crema, Cremisi, Creo, Croccolo, Curiat, Curiel, Cusin, Cutti, Cuzzeri, Cuzzi, Czachi, Czatzkis, Czimmer.

D

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.

E

Eckert, Edward, Eibenschuetz, Effendi, Efrati, Ehrenfeld, Ehrenfreund, Ehrenteil, Ehrlich, Eisenstaedter, Elfer, Elia, Elias, Eliazon, Eliezer, Elseo, Eltbogen, Emdin, Eminente, Engel, Enriquez, Eppinger, Epstein, Erber, Ergas, Errera, Esdra, Esquenasi, Essinger, Ettlinger, Evangelisti.

F

Falcini Servi, Falco, Faldini, Faldino, Falk, Fano, Faraggi, Farber, Farchi, Fargion, Farinelli, Farkas, Fasano, Fassel, Fasulo, Fatucci, Fein, Feiner, Feistmann, Felberbaum, Felici, Fellner, Fernandes, Ferrarese, Ferro, Ferusciany, Fiandra, Fiano, Fieder, Fifer, Fink, Finkelstein, Finker, Finzi, Fiorentino, Fimberg, Fischbein, Fischer, Fischl, Fischmann, Fiz, Flack, Flaschel, Fleisher, Fleischner, Foà, Fodor, Foligno, Fonseca, Fontanella, Forlì, Formiggini, Fornari, Forti, Franchetti, Franco, Frank, Frankental, Frankl, Franzes, Frascati, Frassinetti, Freiberger, Freisinger, Frenkel, Fresco, Freund, Fried, Friedenthal, Friedlaender, Friedmann, Fries, Frizzi, Frischmann, Fruchter, Fuà, Fubini, Fuchs, Funaro, Fuerst.

G

Gabbai, Gabriel, Gaensler Frankenstein, Gaggio, Gori, Galinidi, Galletti, Galli, Gallichi, Gallico, Galligo, Gandus, Gani, Garda, Garsen, Garza, Gasperini, Gattegno, Gattinara, Gazes, Geddes, Geller, Gemelli, Genazzani, Gentili, Gentilli, Gentilomo, Gerold, Gerstel, Gerstenfeld, Gesess, Gerschanovitz, Ghersfeld, Ghiron, Ghissin, Giaconi, Giavol, Ginzburg, Giovanelli, Giroux, Giuili, Giuli, Glanz, Glass, Glattstein, Glicenstein, Glueck, Godell, Goetz, Goetzel, Goldbacher, Goldberg, Goldberger, Goldenberg, Goldfinger, Goldfrucht, Goldmann, Goldring, Goldschmiedt, Goldstein, Goldstaub, Golembiovski, Gomel, Gondelmann, Goudstikker, Graf, Granichstaedten, Grassetti, Grassini, Graziani, Greco, Greco-Siglina, Grego, Greiger, Gronich, Gruen, Gruenbaum, Gruenberg, Gruenland, Gruener, Gruenfeld, Gruenwald, Gruss, Guagnacchi, Guetta, Gugenheim, Guggenheim, Guglielmi, Gurewitsch, Guttierez, Guttmann.

H

Haardt, Haas, Haber, Hackl, Hagmann, Hahn, Haim, Haimovici, Haimovitsch, Hajek, Hajon, Hakin, Haliffi, Hamburger, Harmer, Hanania, Hanau, Handler, Hanemann Toff, Hanen, Harrari, Hasdà, Hassan, Hassid, Hasson, Haussmann, Hasan, Heilbrunn, Heimann, Heinhorn, Heischmann, Heitler, Helfer, Heller, Hensel, Hepner, Herbatschek, Herbert, Herlitzka, Hersch, Herschmann, Herzer, Hirschfeld, Hirsch, Herzog (duca), Hochwald, Hodara, Holberg, Hollaender, Hollinger, Honig, Hoenisberg, Horitzky Orsini, Horn, Horniker, Horovici, Horvat, Huesca, Hupperi.

I

Ichainer, Illes, Isciaki, Ismalun, Israel, Israeli, Issel, Issmann, Italia.

J

Jacchia, Jacobson, Jacur, Jaffe, Jahni, Janowitz, Janni, Jarach, Jarè, Jenda, Jenina, Jenna, Jenni, Jesi, Jesurum, Jessulam, Job, Joffe, Johanan, Jolles, Jones, Jona, Jos, Joseph, Josz, Joung, Jules, Just.

K

Kabiglio, Kach, Kagnaff, Kahn, Kajon, Kalk, Kalmus, Kaminka, Kaptan, Kasman, Kastner, Katz, Kauffrnann, Kaula, Keller, Kern, Kessler, Kirsch, Kirschen, Kitt, Klauber, Klein, Kleinzeller, Klippel, Klugmann, Koch, Kohn, Kohner, Kolb, Koltzinsky, Koenigsberger, Konti, Konrad, Koerber, Korn, Kornell, Kornfeld, Koschiltzki, Kostoris, Krassner, Kraus, Krauterkraft, Krebs, Kreh, Kreilsheim, Kremer, Kron, Kries, Krikunetz, Kron, Kropf, Kruskah, Krzentowski, Kuehn.

L

Lacis, Lackenbacher, Lacomba, Laden, Lager, Laide, Lakin, Lamberg, Lampronti, Landesmann Laudi, Landau, Langbank, Lanternari, Lanzana, Lapajowker, Lappert, Lascar, Lassejower, Laz, Latis, Lattes, Latzer, Lavagno, Leblis, Lehrecht, Lecerf, Lechner, Lenner, Lee, Leipziger, Lekner, Lenghi, Lennox, Leone, Leoni, Leonino, Leonzini, Leperer, Lerner, Lessmann, Levi, Levi Bianchini, Levibran, Levi-Cases Momigliano, (tre cognomi), Levi de Veali, Levi Minzi, Levin, Levis Levitsch, Lewish, Levy, Lewy, Lichetnstadt, Lichtenstein, Lieblein, Liehmann, Limentani, Lindemer, Linder, Lipschuetz, Liscia, Liuzzi, Livoli, Lob, Locascio-Goldschmiedt, Lodeserto, Loeb, Loeffler, Loevy, Loewy, Loisada, Lolli, Lombroso, Lopes, Lopez, Lopez-Rabello, Lorant, Loria, Loschitz, Loethe, Loevinson, Loew, Loewental, Loewenthal, Loewinson, Loewy, Luft, Luftschuetz, Luisada, Lumbroso, Luria, Lusena, Lust, Lustig, Lutomirsky, Luttinger, Luzzatti, Luzzatto.

M

Macchioro, Macerata, Maendl, Maestri, Maestro, Magrini, Mahlberg, Maimann, Maino, Maionica, Maissa, Majò, Malvano, Manara, Manasse, Mandel, Mandelberg, Mandler, Mandula, Mangold, Mann, Mannheimer, Marach, Marcaria, Marcheria, Marcus, Margulies, Mariani, Marino, Marini, Mariotti, Maroni, Marradi, Marsiglio, Massa, Massarani, Massarek, Massiah, Matalon, Mattatia, Mattersdorfer, Mautner, Mayer, Mazzola, Mazoleni, Medina, Medvedieff, Medoro, Meinster, Melgrano, Melli, Menasci, Mendel, Mendes, Menz, Merkl, Mesha, Mestre, Michelis, Michelstaedter, Mieli, Migliau, Milano, Milla, Millul, Minerbi, Mingardi, Mires, Misan, Misan-Saia, Misano, Misul, Misrahi, Modena, Modiano, Modigliani, Modigliano, Modona, Moeller, Moisé, Molco, Molnar, Momigliani, Momigliano, Mondolfi, Mondolfo, Mondovì, Monferini, Monreale, Monselise, Monselles, Montag, Montagnana, Montalcini, Montalcino, Montalti, Montebarozzi, Montecorboli, Montefiore, Montefiori, Montel, Montiglia, Morais, Moravia, Mordo, Mordoh, Morel, Morelli, Morello, Moreno, Moreschi, Moresco, Moretti, Morgenstern, Mori, Moroni, Morpurgo, Mortara, Mortera, Morway, Moscato, Moscé, Moskowitz, Moully, Mrad Esses, Mosseri, Muggia, Mugnai, Muehlstein, Muia, Muelberg, Mueller, Musacchi, Musatti, Mussafia, Mustacchi.

N

Naar, Nacamù, Nacamulli, Nacmias, Nacson, Nador, Najschitz, Nahmias, Nahon, Nahum, Naim, Namen, Namer, Nathan, Navara, Navarra, Navarro, Negrini, Neiger Nepi, Neppi, Neri, Neppi Modona, Neris, Netter, Neumann, Nibal Raimondi, Nigris, Nissim, Nizza, Nordlinger, Norlenghi, Norsa, Norzi, Nossal, Nunes, Nunes Franco, Nunes Vais, Nuernberg, Nussbaum.

O

Oberdorfer, Oblath, Ocvirk, O’Hara, Ohlsen, Olivieri, Olivetti, Olper, Olschki, Oppenheim, Oreffice, Orefice, Orefici, Ortona, Orvieto, Oser, Osimo, Osmo, Osta, Oesterreicher, Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi Boccara, Ottolenghi di Vallepiana, Ovazza.

P

Pace, Pacifici, Padoa, Padova, Padovani, Padovano, Paggi, Panerai, Panzieri, Paoli, Paper, Pardo, Pardo - Roques, Parente, Parenzo, Passigli, Pattin, Pavia, Pavoncello, Pegna, Perez, Perlmutter, Permutti, Perpetui, Perugia, Pesaro, Pesaro Maurogonato, Pescarolo, Philipson, Piattelli, Piazza, Picard, Picciacci, Picciaccio, Pick, Pieboni, Piesen, Pignero, Piha, Pincherle, Pinto, Piperno, Pines, Pirani, Pirola, Pisa, Pisanty, Pisetzky, Pisinger, Pitigliani, Pitteri, Plankenstein, Plaskis, Platzek, Plaschier, Poggetto, Poggibonsi, Poggiolini, Polacco, Poliakoff, Politi, Politzer, Pollak, Pomeranz, Pontecorboli, Pontecorvo, Pontremoli, Popper, Porges, Porta, Portaleon, Portaleone, Portnoff, Porto, Post, Pozinak, Prato, Pregel, Pressburger, Priester, Procaccia, Prohatzka, Provenzal, Pugliese, Puritz, Puttermann, Putti.

Q

Quercioli.

R

Rabà, Rabbeno, Rabelio, Rabinovici, Racah, Radau, Raffael, Raffaelli, Rahamin, Ram, Randegger, Rappaport, Rath, Ravà, Ravà Longhi, Ravenna, Ravicz, Reah, Recanati, Reder, Redzinsky, Reeson, Reggio, Reghini, Reich, Reichenback, Reichmann, Reinach, Reiner, Reinert, Reinhardt, Reinisch, Reis, Reiser, Reis, Reissner, Remondini, Renier, Resignani, Restani, Reuben, Revan, Revere, Revici, Riboni, Richetti, Richtmann, Riedler, Rieger, Rieti, Rietti, Rignano, Riftin, Rimini, Rocca, Roccas, Rodriguez, Roganti, Rogers, Roumann, Romanelli, Romani, Romanin, Romanin Jacur, Romano, Romoli, Roques, Rosel, Rosen, Rosenberg, Rosenfeld, Rosenholz, Rosenstein, Rosenthal, Rosenzweig, Rosselli, Rossi, Rotbart, Roth, Rouff, Rouzel, Rovighi, Rubert, Rubinstein, Rudoi, Russi.

S

Sabatello, Sabbadini, Sacerdote, Sacerdoti, Sacerdotti, Sacerdotti di Carobbio, Sachs, Sacuto, Sadok, Sadun, Saadun, Saffaro, Sagà, Saiegli, Salem, Salmon, Salmona, Salmoni, Salom, Salonicchio, Saltiel, Salto, Salus, Samaia, Sambulovich, Samuele, Sancò, Sanguinetti, Sanguski, Santillana, Saporta, Saralvo, Sarasson, Saraval, Saravalle, Sarfatti, Sariette, Sarsowski, Sasson, Savani, Saxel, Scazzocchio, Scandiani, Scaramella, Scarpa, Schjowitz, Schalmon, Schamasch, Schapira, Schaerf, Schick, Schiffer, Schiller, Schischa, Schlesinger, Schloss, Schmitz, Schmoltz, Schmukler, Schnur, Schoen, Schoenfeld, Schoenhaut, Schoenheit, Schoenstein, Schor, Schostal, Schotte, Schreiber, Schreider, Schultz, Schunnach, Schuessler, Schuetz, Schwarz, Schwarzkopf, Schweiger, Schwob, Sciaky, Scitrug, Sciunnach, Sdraffa, Sed, Sefardi, Segal, Segrè, Seidel, Seidmann, Seif, Semak, Semania, Semo, Senigaglia, Senigallia, Sepilli, Serena, Sereni, Sereno, Sergi, Sermoneta, Serravalle, Serrera, Servadio, Servi, Sessa, Sessi, Sestieri, Sforni, Sermann, Siccoli Bondì, Siebzehner, Sierra, Silbermann, Silva, Sivera, Sinai, Singer, Sitri, Slvaja, Smolensky, Smolesco, Soarez, Soliani, Soavi, Somenzi, Sommer, Sommermann, Sonne, Sonnenberger, Sonnino, Sorani, Sorbi, Soria, Sornaga, Sorraga, Soschino, Spagnoletto, Spagnolo, Specos, Spiegel, Spierer, Spitilli, Spitz, Spitzer, Spizzichino, Sprinzeles, Sraffa, Stein, Steindler, Steiner, Steinhardt, Stern, Steinhaus, Sternberg, Sternfeld, Sternschuss, Stettner, Stipanowitsch, Stock, Straaten, Stransky, Strossberg, Stucovitz, Stuetzel, Suarez, Subak, Subert, Sullam, Sulmona, Sun, Supino, Susani, Susin, Suess, Suessland, Sviadoschitz, Szabados, Szamatolsky, Szeynberg, Szirmay.

T

Tabet, Tagger, Tagiuri, Tagliacozzo, Tailor, Tajar, Tannenbaum, Taenzer, Taubert, Taussig, Tazartes, Tedeschi, Tedesco, Teglio, Teichner, Temin, Terni, Terracina, Terracini, Tesoro, Teubal, Tewich, Thuretzky, Tiano, Tivoli, Toaff, Todeschini, Todesc, Todros, Toledano, Tolentino, Tolosa, Torres, Toscano, Toschi, Tramer, Treulich, Treves, Treves de' Bonfili, Trevi, Trevis, Trieste, Trietsch, Trionfo, Turba, Tuerk, Turra.

U

Udine, Ullmann, Umano, Ungar, Urbini, Urbino, Urovitz, Usigli, Usiglio, Uziel, Uzielli.

V

Valabrega, Valch, Valensin, Valenti, Valentin, Valenzin, Valobra, Valmarano, Valmarin, Varadi, Varios, Varsano, Velicogna, Venezia, Veneziani, Veneziano, Ventura, Vercelli, Veroli, Verona, Verreano, Vigdorcik, Vigevani, Vigevano, Vilcher, Visser, Vita, Vitta, Vitale, Vitalevi, Vitali, Viterbi, Viterbo, Vitta Zelmann, Vivante, Vivanti, Vovante, Vogel, Vogelmann, Vogler, Voghera, Volli, Volterra, Vretermann, Vucenovich.

W

Wachsmann, Walch, Wallfisch, Waschitz, Wassermam, Wax, Wehli, Weichsel, Weiger, Weil, Weiller, Weil-Schott, Weinstein, Weisberg, Weischel, Weishut, Weiss, Weiss Dodi, Weisser, Weissmann, Weizmann, Weleminsky, Welisch, Werblowsky, Wernikoff, Wilhelm, Windspach, Winternitz, Wohl, Wolf, Wolfler, Wolff, Wolfsohn, Wollemborg, Wollner, Wolner, Wortmann.

Z

Zabban, Zaccaria, Zaccuti, Zacun, Zacutti, Zagdun, Zalai, Zalman-Finzi, Zamatto, Zamorani, Zanotti, Zarfati, Zargani, Zarzovsky, Zebolun, Zeller, Zelman, Zemanek, Zevi, Zibell, Zibren, Ziffer, Zipper, Zitrin, Zmigrod, Zoller, Zuccari, Zuckermann, Zurk, Zweig, Zwillinger.

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I have plenty of other information to share, if anyone is interested just let me know. Best regards to all of you!
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby Rene » 03 Jan 2014, 02:28

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.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby Biff83 » 03 Jan 2014, 15:26

"There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings." -- Hodding S. Carter

"You live as long as you are remembered." -- Russian proverb
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby tedrpoli » 03 Feb 2014, 02:10

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.

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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby priscillacrema » 10 Apr 2014, 02:56

Rene wrote: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.



Hi Rene, I've found this list on several places.. the most relevant would be this book here:
http://books.google.com.br/books?id=APN ... 2C&f=false


Check this one too on Sephardim surnames: http://www.sephardim.com/namelist.shtml ... rom=A&to=C

There is a deli near my apartment named Bologna ^_^

Take care!
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby marymary52 » 28 Apr 2014, 17:46

I don't understand? 'What you are saying, every name on this list were Jews first?? Every name"? If my last name is in this group, You are saying no matter what, I came form a Jewish background first??? I am trying to understand If a name Like "Maisano" is all over the map In Italy and Sicily then ALL of them have a Jewish background??? Right? Help me out here because I don;t really understand.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby jennabet » 06 May 2014, 21:41

Hi marymary52. I watched the video attached to the link provided in this thread and while it attempts to make the viewer think that many of the residents from Nicastro are Jewish, this is probably not the case.

We are Italian-Americans and Italian citizens living in the Italian region where all four of my grand-parents were born and raised. My husband's family is from Nicastro (Lamezia Terme), which we visit often and know well. While my husband's family's sur name does appear in Spanish translation in the list provided, no one from his very large extended family either in Nicastro or in the USA maintains any of the Jewish traditions mentioned in the film. To the contrary, many are devoutly Catholic even working regularly in the Sacristy and volunteering their time during town festivals which are based around the church calendar, of course.

The video also interviews Italian Rabbis Di Porto and Hazan in Italy, who interestingly enough, have never felt the need to visit Nicastro in order to remind the residents that they should start remembering that 500 years ago they may have been Jewish. The fact that Rabbi Barbara Aiello does feel such a need is most likely because she's an American who simply can't keep her own opinions, lifestyle, beliefs out of other people's business -- or religion. Actually, I'm surprised she didn't join the US military instead of becoming a Rabbi.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby carinthiangirl » 09 May 2014, 19:56

"I don't understand? 'What you are saying, every name on this list were Jews first?? Every name"? If my last name is in this group, You are saying no matter what, I came form a Jewish background first??? "

no - does not mean all of jewish orgin! :mrgreen:

there are very many names in the list which not jewish orgin names. those names were often taken by jewish, as this was very usual. example Horvat is clear croatian and has not any jewish orgin. meanig about word HRVAT which means croat in croatian language. so was taken or given to a person who had croatian orgin or lived there. in this case then was taken once by a jewish who lived in Croatia or settled in another area and lived before Croatia. also often names changing happened when jewish took another religion, example was usual very much in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire - here an info from Vienna.
for this i have only info in german. so to take translator if of interest:
Zum Namenswechsel jüdisch-protestantischer Konvertiten in Wien, 1782 - 1914
About name changing of Judeo-Protestant converts in Vienna, 1782 - 1914
http://www.judentum.net/geschichte/namenswechsel.htm
Der Namenswechsel jüdischer Konvertiten in Wien von 1748 bis 1868
The change of name of Jewish converts in Vienna 1748-1868
http://www.judentum.net/geschichte/konvertiten.htm

example also the german name Bauer (means farmer). clear a name to find everywhere in german-lingual areas and usual like Miller and so on. and has no jewish background. when a jewish person had this name so has taken it from an area where the name was usual. and that they took often also names of towns, exact showing they came from a special town is wellknown - as example Österreicher (Österreich = Austria), Eisenstädter(from Eisenstadt in Austria), Mannheimer(from Mannheim in Germany) and so on. this also to see in the "italian list" where to find also many italian towns. ;)

so such name and religion changings were very usual at Jews.
and they lived in many different areas how we know.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there (Navarro surname)

Postby gnavidi » 10 Jun 2014, 13:49

I have a relative from the Palermo area of Sicily (Trabia Lascari) named Maddalena Navarro. Circa early to mid 1800s. Anyone have any information on her or other Navarros from this area? She was married to Cologerro di Leonardo. Information on Navarros from this area is extremely limited. I am going to italy next month an would like to visit areas where my ancestors lived.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby ItaliaHeritage » 16 Jun 2014, 06:18

jennabet wrote:Hi marymary52. I watched the video attached to the link provided in this thread and while it attempts to make the viewer think that many of the residents from Nicastro are Jewish, this is probably not the case.

We are Italian-Americans and Italian citizens living in the Italian region where all four of my grand-parents were born and raised. My husband's family is from Nicastro (Lamezia Terme), which we visit often and know well. While my husband's family's sur name does appear in Spanish translation in the list provided, no one from his very large extended family either in Nicastro or in the USA maintains any of the Jewish traditions mentioned in the film. To the contrary, many are devoutly Catholic even working regularly in the Sacristy and volunteering their time during town festivals which are based around the church calendar, of course.

The video also interviews Italian Rabbis Di Porto and Hazan in Italy, who interestingly enough, have never felt the need to visit Nicastro in order to remind the residents that they should start remembering that 500 years ago they may have been Jewish. The fact that Rabbi Barbara Aiello does feel such a need is most likely because she's an American who simply can't keep her own opinions, lifestyle, beliefs out of other people's business -- or religion. Actually, I'm surprised she didn't join the US military instead of becoming a Rabbi.


Well said.

Also most of the names on the list that someone else posted are NOT Jewish.

For example the last name Sacerdote literally means "Priest" and 99.9% of Italy is Roman Catholic.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby PippoM » 16 Jun 2014, 13:25

I think the surnames listed are not necessarily Jewish. I mean, the fact that someone's surname is in the list, doen't mean he is Jewish, or of Jewish origin, even if there are some Jews who have that surname; that's true, expecially if we are dealing with common surnames. For instance, "Pacifici", is a common surname, but it is also the surname of the leader of the Jewish community of Roma.
As to "Sacerdote", I believe it is mostly a Jewish surname (I couldn't say anything about its origin)
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby PippoM » 16 Jun 2014, 13:30

I just found that Jewish priests were called "Cohen"; so, "Sacerdote" might just be a translation of that Jewish surname.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby marymary52 » 27 Jul 2014, 23:22

Thanks for the great response and helping to clear every thing up.
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby luv1another » 21 Aug 2014, 07:58

I know I have Jewish blood ( I have done DNA samples with Family Tree DNA) but I do not know how both my grandparents were born in Italy and immigrated to USA. I never got to meet them and do not speak Italian which I wish I did and wish I was better at learning language. Anyway to get to the point my great grandmother was a Helen Basevi and I see Basevi on your list of surnames. I cannot find any geneology for any of my Italian family. I believe I have just found a Atto Di Morte for my grandmother Beatrice Pirani on ancestry.com but don't even know what one of those are LOL. would love to see anything you may have on Jewish Italians
the only Italian my dad taught me "benetti pesciolini in aqua dolce"
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Re: To all jewish-italians out there

Postby PeterTimber » 24 Aug 2014, 11:53

Your best bet is to google Jewish Italians, obtain the excellent book Italian Genealogical Records by Trafford R. Cole (an easy read), and, by the way Spain recently announced that they will restore EU and Spanish citizenship to Sephardic Jews who originated from Spain and since Italy (via Sicily and southern Italy was one of the places that Jews fled to avoid the inquisition in SPAIN (The inquisition was only for the nation of Spain and not its colonies and Italy was considered a Spanish Colony from 1559 to 1713. If you take a chance and write to their embassy in OZ maybe mitvahs will flow!!! You research and I will direct traffic from NY

For starters http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/italy/italian.htm
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