Dan Bongino

Bongino in 2014, photo by Christopher Halloran/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Daniel John Bongino

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

Date of Birth: December 4, 1974

*50% Italian/Sicilian
*25% German
*25% Irish

Dan Bongino is an American conservative political commentator, radio show host, author, politician, and conspiracy theorist. He was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer and Secret Service agent. He is married to Paula Martinez, with whom he has two children. Paula was born in Colombia.

He has said, “I’m not black, I’m Italian. Seriously, can you get any dumber?” He has also stated that he is of half Italian descent.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Frank Bongino (the son of Charles A. Bongino/Burns and Antonette/Antoinette Piscani). Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Charles was the son of Francesco Bongiorno and Lettesia Festucci. Antonette was born in Palermo, Sicily, the daughter of Frederico Pisani and Antonette Restivo.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Agatha Anna Rugnetta (the daughter of Girolamo “James” Rugnetta and Antonia “Lena” Runfolo). Agatha was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Sicily. Girolamo was born in Terrasini, Palermo, the son of Vincenzo Rugnetta and Vita. Antonia was born in Sferracavallo, the daughter of Pietro Damiano Mansueto Runfolo and Rosalia Pastorella.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Clifford F. Cramer (the son of John Joseph Cramer and Minnie Freytag). Clifford was born in New York, and was of German descent, with roots in Baden-Baden and Bavaria. John was the son of German parents, with his father’s name being August Cramer. Minnie was the daughter of George W. Freytag and Caroline “Carrie” Meyer.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Eileen M. Taylor (the daughter of John Edward Taylor and Alma Elizabeth Flynn). Eileen was born in New York. John was born in Adelaide, Australia, the son of Irish parents, John Allen Taylor and Maria Carroll, from Effin, Limerick. Alma was born in New York, the daughter of John Flynn and Elizabeth Barry, who were also Irish.

Sources: Death records of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Agatha Anna (Rugnetta) Bongino – https://www.findagrave.com

Dan’s maternal grandfather, Clifford F. Cramer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Dan’s maternal grandfather, Clifford F. Cramer – https://www.newspapers.com

Dan’s maternal grandmother, Eileen M. Taylor, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    This is him with his Sicilian grandmother: https://m.facebook.com/dan.bongino/photos/a.517057181720381/2872015422891200/?type=3

    His uncle: https://www.gloverfuneral.com/memorials/Bongino-Frank/4212165/

    They are white. He is not. Unsure what’s going on. His family bio is a déjà vu: parents’ divorce, (abusive) “stepdad” etc..

  2. liz26 says:

    Unfortunately too many are too uneducated to even know where Sicily is located for one. For two too many have no idea what or who a southern Italian or Sicilian is. If people would educate themselves before opening their ignorant mouths maybe the light would hit them but instead people, the vast majority think they know everything even about others. Unbelievable

    • andrew says:

      The most exotic people in Italy are stereotipically the Sardinians, not the Sicilians, who are just subject of old Mafia jokes, at best.

      Sardinia have 4 Moors on its regional flag, after all.

      Sardinia= Land of Moors.

      Not Italy, not Europe.

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