Aaron Bruno

by bablah on June 27, 2017

Photo by Daniel Locke/PR Photos

Birth Name: Aaron Richard Bruno

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 11, 1978

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian), English, possibly other

Aaron Bruno is an American musician. He is known as the lead singer of band Awolnation. He is a former member of bands Under the Influence of Giants and Home Town Hero.

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Vincent R. Bruno (the son of Anthony Bruno and Clara Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti). Vincent’s parents were Italian immigrants. Anthony was born in Sant’Agata (in Sicily or Calabria), the son of Joseph Bruno. Clara was the daughter of Basil Lapresti/Lopresti and Rosolia Carpo, who were from St. Agata, Italy.

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Domenica Mae Tuso (the daughter of Joseph Tuso and Jennie Masi). Joseph was from Caccamo, Sicily. Jennie was from Villafrati, Sicily.

Sources: Marriage record of Aaron’s paternal grandparents, Vincent R. Bruno and Domenica Mae Tuso –

Genealogy of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno –

Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno, on the 1930 U.S. census –

Death record of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno –

Death record of Aaron’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara (Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti) Bruno –

Aaron’s paternal grandmother, Domenica Mae Tuso, on the 1920 U.S Census –


Melanie Scrofano

by Harriet on June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Melanie Neige Scrofano

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: c. 1982

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian, French-Canadian

Melanie Scrofano is a Canadian actress. Her paternal grandmother was from Sicily, Italy. Her grandfather may have been Sicilian, as well. Her surname is commonly Sicilian.


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Luca Guadagnino

by follers on June 19, 2017

Luca Guadagnino and Ingeborga Dapkunaite – Photo Credit: Insidefoto / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Date of Birth: 1971

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian, Algerian

Luca Guadagnino is an Italian director.

He spent part of his childhood in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, were his Sicilian father worked as teacher.

He has said:

I’m dark-skinned because my mother is Algerian; when I came back to Palermo, my classmates starting calling me “n—-r.” I will never forget that. I learned very quickly how to be an outsider, and how to stay on the outside of the frame yet always look at what’s happening in the center.



Toni Basil

by bablah on June 19, 2017

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Birth Name: Antonia Christina Basilotta

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 22, 1943

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*Scottish, possibly other (mother)

Toni Basil is an American singer, actress, choreographer, dancer, and film director. She is known for her 1981 hit song Mickey.

Her father, Luigi/Louis Basilotta, was the son of Italian immigrants, with Sicilian roots. Her mother was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and was likely of Scottish descent.

Toni’s paternal grandparents were Antonio/Antonino/Anthony Basilotta (the son of Luigi Basilotta and Francesca Paola Di Gregorio) and Antonina/Antonia/Anna Bonomo/Buonamo (the daughter of Vito Bonomo and Felicia Billone). Antonio and Antonina were born in Nicosia, Province of Enna, Sicily. Felicia was the daughter of Giuseppe Billone and Vincenza Cevasco.

Toni’s maternal grandparents were John Anderson and Agnes.

Sources: Marriage record of Toni’s parents –

Birth record of Toni’s father –

Toni’s father on the 1930 U.S. census –

Information about Toni’s father’s family –

Marriage record of Toni’s paternal grandparents, Antonio/Antonino/Anthony Basilotta and Antonina/Antonia/Anna Bonomo/Buonamo –

Birth record of Toni’s paternal grandfather, Antonio/Antonino/Anthony Basilotta –


Ben Rattray

by follers on June 7, 2017

Photo by David Shankbone

Birth Name: Benjamin Michael Rattray

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 16, 1980

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as Scottish, English, 1/8th Swedish, 1/16th Colombian, 1/32 Italian/Sicilian

Ben Rattray is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the website

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Richard Alan Rattray (the son of Charles Thomas Rattray and Gladys May Timmons). Richard was born in Illinois. Charles was the son of William H. Rattray and Aurelia McGrew. Gladys was the daughter of James H. Timmons and Emma Jane Linley.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Jeanne/Jeanie Modica (the daughter of Leonard Blake Modica and Hilja/Hilia Inez Alexenna Östergren). Leonard was the son of Francisco/Francis/Frank Bombard Modica, who was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and of Delfina/Delphina Fernandez Diago, who was born in Popoyan, Colombia. Ben’s great-grandmother Hilja was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Axel Edvard Östergren and Ida Gustafva Frick.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph McCaffrey (the son of James Bernard McCaffrey and Lydia/Lidia McDaniel). Ben’s grandfather Joseph was born in Pennsylvania. Ben’s great-grandfather James was born in New Jersey, the son of Irish parents, James McCaffrey and Julia Cashman. Lydia was born in Delaware, the daughter of Madison McDaniel and Elnora Stewart.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Anna Bernadette McHugh (the daughter of John McHugh and Elsie Welsh/Welch). Anna was born in New Jersey. John was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents. Elsie was born in New Jersey, also of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Walter Welsh/Welch and Mary, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandparents, Richard Alan Rattray and Jeanne/Jeanie Modica –

Ben’s paternal grandfather, Richard Alan Rattray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Jeanne/Jeanie Modica –

Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, Leonard Blake Modica and Hilja/Hilia Inez Alexenna Östergren, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Blake Modica, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, James Joseph McCaffrey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Anna Bernadette McHugh, on the 1930 U.S. Census –