Frankie Dettori

Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel 50th Anniversary Party in London on June 13, 2011

Birth Name: Lanfranco Dettori

Place of Birth: Milan, Italy

Date of Birth: 15 December, 1970

Ethnicity: Italian

Frankie Dettori is an Italian-born, British-based horse racing jockey. He has been described as the best jockey currently riding; during his career, he has won more than 500 horse races.

Frankie’s father, Gianfranco Dettori, is a horse racing jockey, who was born in Serramanna, Sardinia, Italy. Frankie’s mother, Iris Maria Niemen, was born in Milan, Italy. She mother is a member of Niemen circus family.

Frankie’s maternal grandmother was named Secondina. She was born in Casalpusterlengo, Province of Lodi, Lombardy, Italy.

Source: Genealogy of Frankie Dettori (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

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3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    his mother is a member of Niemen circus family.

    According to a legend, the first Niemen who settled in Northern Italy was a jester of the Zar’s court from Belarus/Lithuania lands: http://www.unimaitalia.net/famiglia-d-arte-niemen/

    In fact “Niemen” surname is after a major Eastern European river: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neman

    Hence I am pretty sure his mother has at least some Romani ancestry too.

  2. andrew says:

    his mother is Iris Maria Niemen, who was born in Milan, Italy. Iris’s mother was named Secondina, and was born in Casalpusterlengo, Province of Lodi, Lombardy, Italy.

    http://gw.geneanet.org/omarmoli?lang=it&pz=omar&nz=molinari&ocz=0&p=iris+maria&n=niemen&oc=0&type=tree

  3. andrew says:

    correction: “he has won more than 500 horse races”

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