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Jewish Milanos
Posted by: Andrea Milano Date: February 16, 2002 at 08:18:34
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I have been reading some of the postings concerning the Milano family and the Jewish roots of this fanily.

My name is Andrea Milano and I am a 43 years old, male, Photographer,born in Naples-Italy and currently residing in the Netherlands.


In Italy is commonplace that Italian names which refer to cities are of Jewish origin, even though any genealogist will point out that that's not always the case, like the name "Ferrara" which is sometimes Jewish but in the south of Italy really indicates a family of ironmongers (should be Ferraro, but the southern pronunciation makes frequent use of the "sheva'" sound , a sound similar to the Hebrew consonant and it is usually mistaken when written down from many clerks).

The assumption that the surname Milano has anything to do with city of Milan is a legitimate one but my hypothesis is different.
Bearing in mind that the Jewish origin have been a constant source of soul-searching in my life, I especially targeted this link and came across the limited number of Jews which currently bear the name Milano, most of them are Romans by the way, the rest of the Italian Milanos are catholic even though many would have heard the "rumor" around their roots.

It is ironical that the most important scholar of the Italian Jewry was actually Attilo Milano, whose work , I am sure you will be familiar with.

Milanos concentrate in both north and south Italy but very much away from Milan the city, there would be more if the link was so direct, wouldn't they? Infact most Milanos in Milan (I was one of those, I lived there for about 8 years) are of recent emigration to the region.

And the Milanos abroad?

Well, lots of Americans , but I am afraid most of them are Catholics, But Jewish Milanos have lived and maybe still live in France and Spain, in the old records they are shown to have lived in those regions and there are More , though sporadic, presences in England , Germany and The Netherlands.
All this records show a Sephardic connection.
Well the oldest record which I ever found offers an explaination to the surname as well.
There is this record concerning Jussif el Milano a Jew who lived in Narbonne (now France, back then Spain) in the 13th century.
El Milano is The Milano, so Milano is a Noun of some sort and yes, in both French and Spanish indicates a bird of pray, now "Falco" or "Falk" is also a Jewish name and probably a translation of Milamo or the other way around.
The add to this there are Milanos (titled) with the surname Milano d'Aragona in France, Italy and Spain (there Milan d'Aragon) and Narbonne was part of the Aragonese kingdom.
I'll be writing more about this things if you are interested.

I wish you all the best and offer my best regards

Andrea Milano


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