JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Italian Jews? #general


In a message dated 98-08-19 23:23:46 EDT, tvllivs@... writes:

<< I suspect that my maternal great, great grandmother was an Italian Jew. .
. . What leads me to believe it is that her name was Rebecca, a decidedly odd
name for a girl born in the Italian south in the first or second decade of the
19th Century, especially if she were Roman Catholic.

She named her daughter, my great grandmother, Alberinta or possibly Almirenta,
names that are so unique that I've begun to doubt they are Italian. Great,
great grandmother Rebecca D'Elia married Nicola Cantante. >>

I hazard a guess that there were many fewer Italian Jews who were given the
Greek name Nicholas (in honor of various Christian bishops, popes, saints and
emperors) than there were Italian Catholics who had the biblical name of
Rebecca. As for the Al[b/m]erinta name, the initial syllable suggests an Arab
origin, via Malta and Sicily. One good question to ask is: "How many Jews
lived in the area where your grandmother was born?" Of course it is possible
that she was the descendant of Jews who had been forced to convert in earlier

Michael Bernet

Bernet: >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Hirschaid, (Bavaria)
Königshöfer: >from Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth (S. Germany)
Altmann: >from Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan (Posen), Beuthen
(Bytom)--Upper Silesia/Poland
Wolf(f): >from Furth, Nurnberg, Wurzburg, Frankfurt (S Germany),

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