Michael Angarano

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Birth Name: Michael Anthony Angarano

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 3, 1987

Ethnicity: Italian, some Sephardi Jewish

Michael Angarano is an American actor. He is the son of Doreen (Tesoro) and Michael Angarano. The surnames Angarano and Tesoro are common in Bari, Apulia.

His parents are both of Italian origin.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Leon/Ricky J. Tesoro (the son of Renato/Rinalto Tesoro and Leda/Lita/Carmella Levy/Levi). Leon was born in New York. Renato was the son of Leonardo Tesoro and Anita Constantini. Leda was the daughter of Giulio “Julius” Levi and Aldemira Fabretti.

Michael’s maternal grandfather’s family were Italian Jews. Michael appears to think they were (recent) converts to Judaism, but 19th century conversions to Judaism in Italy were rare, and there are many Italian Jews surnamed Tesoro and Levi.

Michael’s maternal grandmother is named Dorothy T. “Dotty” Mattioli.

Sources: Michael’s maternal grandfather, Leon/Ricky J. Tesoro, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Renato/Rinalto Tesoro – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “Levi” is uber Italian Jewish surname, while by coincidence the surname “Tesoro” appears to be very common in Bari too (http://www.gens.info/italia/it/turismo-viaggi-e-tradizioni-italia?t=cognomi&cognome=tesoro&x=0&y=0)

    If it can help, his maternal grandmother’s original surname would definitely be “Mattioli”. Mattiole does not exist.

  2. neiltennant says:

    he must have some English or German roots

    he is not typical Italian or Sephardi

  3. andrew says:

    son of Doreen and Michael P. Angarano

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