Frank Sinatra

by ethnic on January 5, 2008

Birth Name: Francis Albert Sinatra

Date of Birth: December 12, 1915

Place of Birth: Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: May 14, 1998

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian [including Sicilian]

Frank Sinatra was an American singer, songwriter, actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity (1953).

Frank was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents. His father, Antonino/Anthony Martino/Martin Sinatra, was born, c. 1892, in Lercara Friddi, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. His mother, Natalina/Natalie “Dolly” (Garaventa), was born, c. 1896, in Rossi di Lumarzo, Province of Genoa, Liguria, Italy. A picture of Frank’s parents can be seen here.

Frank was married to model, showgirl, socialite, and philanthropist Barbara Sinatra (born Barbara Ann Blakeley), until his death. With his former wife, Nancy Barbato, Frank had three children, including singer and actress Nancy Sinatra and singer, songwriter, and conductor Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Frank’s paternal grandfather was Isodore Francesco Sinatra (the son of Isidoro Sinatra and Dorotea Siragusa). Frank’s grandfather Isodore was born in Palermo. Frank’s great-grandfather Isidoro was the son of Antonino Sinatra and Maria Concetta Scaglione. Dorotea was the daughter of Francesco Siragusa and Rosalia Carlino.

Frank’s paternal grandmother was Rosa Sagliabeni/Saglibene/Saglimbeni (the daughter of Salvatore Saglimbeni and Angela Maria Lo Forti/Loforte). Rosa was born in Palermo. Salvatore was the son of Giuseppe Saglimbeni and Rosa Coniglio. Angela Maria was the daughter of Giuseppe Lo Forti/Loforte and Rosaria/Rosa Vento.

Frank’s maternal grandfather was Giovanni John Garaventa/Garavente (the son of Antonio L. Garaventa/Garavente and Maria Teresa/Theresa Gardella). Giovanni was born in Rossi. Antonio was the son of Domenico Garaventa and Maria Rosa Costa. Maria Teresa was the daughter of Giovanni Battista Gardella.

Frank’s maternal grandmother was Rosa Casagrande/Carrier (the daughter of Lorenzo Casagrande and Maria Martazzio). Rosa was born in Rossi. Maria was the daughter of Theresa.

Sources: Genealogies of Frank Sinatra –

Genealogy of Frank Sinatra (focusing on his mother’s side) –

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Racial Realist November 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm

“Guinea Dago Figaro~”

andrew October 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm
Capricious October 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Thought he was Anglo/Irish American.


MettaWorkPlease September 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm

You clear knew nothing about him. Sinatra isn’t an Anglo/Irish name

neiltennant October 14, 2017 at 6:57 am

You know nothing !

A lot of blue eyed Italian actors and celebs in the US have also anglo or irish descent

MADONNA, TRAVOLTA, CAGE etc. have also irish roots

And i thought the same

SINATRA is an italian name but it does not mean anything because TRAVOLTA is also italian name but he has also irish roots

madman October 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

I love how you are at a site that’s all about easily looking up the ancestry of celebrities, yet you get them wrong.

Madonna and Cage doesn’t have Irish ancestry.

andrew October 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

He does not care at all about ethnicities. For example he wrote FOUR times in Farrah Fawcett’s profile that she had a Syrian/Lebanese grandparent.

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:41 am

please don’t be ridiculous

i meant ANGLO

madonna and cage have ANGLO descent as well as italian

all those blue and green eyed italo americans have also anglo roots

madman October 15, 2017 at 5:12 am

Dude… you have commented on both of their profiles, it is impossible for you to not have seen their ethnicity at some point. Cage is of only 1/16th British Isles descent, not that much. It’s so easy to look up.

If neiltennant is a character created by someone, whoever it may be, I just want to say that you’re doing a fantastic job.

andrew October 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

Madonna is roughly half Italian, half French-Canadian, not counting more distant ancestors. Both Frank’s parents had light eyes:


We should buy Neiltennant a set of colored contact lenses to make him happy

andrew October 15, 2017 at 6:30 am


To have fair eyes you need to get the gene from both parents since fair eyes are caused by recessive genes.

andrew October 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Frank’s father was born c.1892, in Lercara Friddi, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Frank’s mother, Natalina “Dolly” Garaventa, was born c. 1896, in Rossi di Lumarzo, Province of Genoa, Liguria, Italy.

andrew February 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I’m shocked there’s no a pic of him!

sarah January 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

great musician

Melanie Lombardi April 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

One of the very few artists who can actually say they made ‘music’ and not all this auto-tune techno stuff that only sings about money, drugs and sex. God, what happened to the true meaning of music.

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