Re: Sephardi surname OLIVIA #general
One of the names we had been looking for was OLIVIA
Jews in Sicily were an high percentage of the population before the
expulsion of 1492.
After this expulsion some Sicilian Jews escaped, some converted stayed in
the island and secretly practiced Judaism (Anusim).
There was a rebellion in Palermo in 1516 ascribed to the reactions of some
Petro de Oliva or La Oliva "neofito giudaizzante" ["newly converted
Judaizing"] participated to this rising of the former-Jews.
On the Jews in Sicily see my page:
Most of Sicilian Jews were of Sephardic origin
Nardo Bonomi Braverman
Greve in Chianti - Firenze - Italy
BRAVERMAN >from Mogilev Podolsky (Podolya)
GROBMAN >from Gaysin
LUFT and GRUNBLATT >from Ukraine
From: David Edelman
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 6:21 AM
Dear fellow genres;
I don't know if any of you have ever tried this, but my wife and I had
tried simply googling the last names in our families. One of the names
we had been looking for was OLIVIA. This website I had looked at was
very fascinating, if true. It indecated the Olivia's were Sephardic in
origin, with the name coming >from the fruit olive, as they were the
original, Israeli olive cultivators. It may be true, but my question
is, how to find a verifiabe connection after so many brick walls?