Is this a Jewish surname #general


Claudia Oliver <falcieri@...>
 

Dear List,

I am trying to research my g-g-g-grandfather in Italy.
His name was Giovanni Battista Falcieri and though I
don't know it for sure I am lead to believe that
Falcieri is Venetian in origin and that it is Jewish.

Falcieri was a gondolier by trade and was born in
Venice in 1798. His father's name was Vincenzo. In
1831 Falcieri came to England and married a C of E
English Woman in London in 1849.

I have found only 30 people with the surname Falcieri
left in Italy and have written to them all. One of
them came back to me saying that it was a Jewish name
in origin and it is interesting that there is a rumour
in our family that one of our relatives was Jewish so
this could well tie in.

However, I have been unable to find out much about the
surname. It seems to be extremely rare and I am
confident that my relation was the only one of that
name to ever set foot in this country. I am in the UK
but desperately trying to piece together the story.

Any help gratefully received as I have reached many
brickwalls and need a break through!

With regards and thanks in advance for your help.

Claudia Oliver
(UK)


MBernet@...
 

falcieri@yahoo.com writes:
<< I am trying to research my g-g-g-grandfather in Italy.
His name was Giovanni Battista Falcieri and though I
don't know it for sure I am lead to believe that
Falcieri is Venetian in origin and that it is Jewish.
>>

It is *most* unlikely that any Jew would have the name Battista with its
strong Christian association. Of course your ggggf may have taken the name
on conversion, or may be descended >from converts . . .

Michael Bernet, New York

WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina);
BERNET, BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER


Judith Romney Wegner
 

falcieri@yahoo.com wrote:
<< I am trying to research my g-g-g-grandfather in Italy.
His name was Giovanni Battista Falcieri and though I
don't know it for sure I am lead to believe that
Falcieri is Venetian in origin and that it is Jewish. >>
Michael Bernet commented:
It is *most* unlikely that any Jew would have the name Battista with its
strong Christian association. Of course your ggggf may have taken the name
on conversion, or may be descended >from converts . . .
Actually, Michael, your case is even stronger than you think. This man's
name, Giovanni Battista , means "John the Baptist." So I think we could
say that he is more than" unlikely" to have been a Jew (unless as you say
he had converted to Christianity).

Judith Romney Wegner