Birth Name: Rafael Cury Moreira
Place of Birth: Cambará, Paraná, Brazil
Date of Birth: August 3, 1974
Ethnicity: Brazilian [Portuguese, Italian, 1/8th Lebanese, possibly other]
Rafael Moreira is a Brazilian-American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and record producer.
He is the son of Marili, a music teacher, and Benedito, an agricultural engineer.
Rafael’s paternal grandfather was named Benedito Moreira.
Rafael’s maternal grandfather was Mário Cury (the son of Miguel Cury and Benedita Fernandes Grillo). Miguel was born in Kfeir, Syria, now Lebanon, and moved to Brazil in 1905. Benedita was born in Brazil, to parents from Portugal, José Fernandes Grillo and Maria da Conceição.
Rafael’s maternal grandmother was Maria Lucia Nicolosi (the daughter of Narciso Nicolosi and Alzira Tocalino). Narciso was born in Brazil, and was of Italian descent, from Lucca, Tuscany. Alzira was born in Brazil, the daughter of Enrique Angel “Henrique” Toccalino, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian parents, from Piedmont, and of Emília Terçariol/Tersariol/Terzariol, who was born in Treviso, Veneto, Italy or in Brazil, to Italian parents.
Sources: Information on Rafael’s maternal grandparents, Mário Cury and Maria Lucia Nicolosi – http://ourinhos.blogspot.com
Baptism record of Rafael’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Enrique Angel “Henrique” Toccalino – http://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Rafael’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, David Terçariol/Tersariol/Terzariol – http://www.familysearch.org