Gabriella Cilmi

by ethnic on October 20, 2008

Birth Name: Gabriella Lucia Cilmi

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 10 October 1991

Ethnicity: Italian (Sicilian, Calabrian), likely some Arbëreshë

Gabriella Cilmi is an Australian singer and songwriter. She is a multiple ARIA Music Award-winner. Her awards include Single of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, and Highest Selling Single.

Her parents are from Italy. When talking about her childhood, she has described it as a happy time growing up in Dandenong, Melbourne. However, she stated that her parents faced comparatively more discrimination when they arrived in Australia.

Gabriella’s paternal grandfather was Vito Cilmi (the son of Giuseppe Cilmi and Marianna Barravecchio). Vito was an Italian immigrant, from Vizzini, Province of Sicily.

Gabriella’s paternal grandmother was Lucia Brasacchio (the daughter of Domenico Brasacchio and Maria Astorino). Lucia was from Pallagorio, Province of Crotone, Calabria, Italy. Pallagorio is an Arbëreshë (ethnic Albanian in Italy) village, so Gabriella likely has some Arbëreshë heritage.

Gabriella’s mother’s family is from Gioia Tauro, Calabria.

Sources: Immigration record of Gabriella’s paternal grandfather, Vito Cilmi – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au

Immigration record of Gabriella’s paternal grandmother, Lucia Brasacchio – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au

Creative Commons License photo credit: BobPetUK

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Manila April 19, 2016 at 12:32 am

Vito was an Italian immigrant, from Vizzini, Province of Catania, and was the son of Giuseppe Cilmi and Marianna Barravecchio. Lucia was the daughter of Domenico Brasacchio and Maria Astorino.

Immigration record of Gabriella’s paternal grandfather, Vito Cilmi – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=6549566

Immigration record of Gabriella’s paternal grandmother, Lucia Brasacchio – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=5954048

andrew September 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Catania -> Sicily

andrew September 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2010/08/08/gabriella-cilmi.fi_023gabriella.html

She has some Arbëreshë heritage.

Gabriella’s paternal grandparents were Vito Cilmi, from Sicily, and Lucia Brasacchio from Pallagorio, Province of Crotone, Calabria, Italy. Pallagorio is an Arbëreshë village ,

Gabriella’s mother’s family is from Gioia Tauro, Calabria, Italy.

Zac August 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

She’s a babe.

Sound_Soldier August 26, 2010 at 1:28 am

She’s a very sexy Italian !! Love her !! ^^

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