Gabriella Cilmi

05/27/2010 – Cilmi – Keep A Child Alive – Black Ball – Arrivals – St. Johns in Smith Square – London, England UK – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos – 

Birth Name: Gabriella Lucia Cilmi

Place of Birth: Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 10 October, 1991

Ethnicity: Italian [Sicilian, Calabrian], likely some Arbëreshë

Gabriella Cilmi is an Australian singer and songwriter. She has won ARIA Music Awards for 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 emigrant, 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 –

Immigration record of Gabriella’s paternal grandmother, Lucia Brasacchio –


Curious about ethnicity

9 Responses

  1. Hadnodiner says:

    italian side made her pretty

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