Birth Name: Floriana Elizabeth Lima
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio (possibly)
Date of Birth: March 26, 1981
*75% Italian [including Sicilian]
*25% mix of Irish, German, and English
Floriana Lima is an American actress. Her paternal grandfather, and her mother, are of Italian ancestry. Her paternal grandmother is of Irish, German, and English heritage.
On playing an Italian-American, Floriana has said:
I could see myself as [the character]. I was able to pull from my family’s passion. Italians tend to be so big and loud and passionate.
On her ancestry, Floriana has also said:
Italian, Irish, English, Spanish, Portuguese. I’m a mutt 😘
It is not clear what line Floriana’s Spanish or Portuguese ancestry may be from.
Floriana’s paternal grandfather is Charles Joseph Lima (the son of Charles J. Lima and Grace Naticchioni). Floriana’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Joseph Lima, who was Sicilian, and of Margaret Martino, who was born in Maryland, to Italian parents.
Floriana’s paternal grandmother is Ann Frances Sweeney (the daughter of Harold Patrick Sweeney and Myrl Elizabeth Prather). Harold was the son of James Patrick Sweeney and Flora Arlinghaus. Myrl was the daughter of Virgil Wesley Prather and Ruth Georgette Knowles.
Floriana’s maternal grandparents are Marco Antonio Ranieri and Flora Lattari. Marco was born in Bari, Apulia, Italy.
Sources: Floriana’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles J. Lima, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Floriana’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Lima and Margaret Martino – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Floriana’s maternal grandfather, Marco Antonio Ranieri – http://www.gilliganfuneralhomes.com
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