Ron DeSantis

official U.S. Congress photo of Ron DeSantis, c. 2012/2013

Birth Name: Ronald Dion DeSantis

Place of Birth: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 14, 1978

Ethnicity: Italian

Ron DeSantis is an American attorney, naval officer, and politician. A Republican, he has been Governor of Florida, since January 8, 2019. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, from January 3, 2013 to September 10, 2018.

Ron is the son of Karen (Rogers) and Ronald DeSantis. His parents are both Italian-Americans, with roots in the Midwest. He was raised partly in Orlando, then Dunedin, Florida. He is married to news and conversation television show host Casey DeSantis, with whom he has two children.

Ron is a Roman Catholic.

Ron’s paternal grandfather was Daniel DeSantis (the son of Nicola Eugenio Desantis and Maria Nolfi). Daniel was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, who were born in Cansano, L’Aquila, Abruzzo. Nicola was the son of Eugenio DeSantis and Filomena Pellegrina. Maria’s parents, Antonio/Tony Nolfe and Angeline Marchionni, were from Bugnara, Abruzzo.

Ron’s paternal grandmother was Yolunda Viola M. Petrella (the daughter of Salvatore Petrella and Maria/Mary Dominique Casasanta/Cassasanti). Yolunda was born in Ohio, to Italian parents. Salvatore was born in Pratola, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, the son of Venanzio Petrella and Cesidia Pagnotti Pace. Maria was born in Pratola Peligna, Abruzzi, the daughter of Donato Casasanta and Maria Concetta Carducci.

Ron’s maternal grandfather was Philip Rogers (the son of Antonio Rogers/Ruggiero and Rosina/Rose Storti). Philip was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents. Antonio was born in Galdo, Benevento, Campania, the son of Filippo Ruggiero and Maria Civita Fusco. Rosina was born in Castelfranci, Avellino, Campania, the daughter of Salvatore Storti and Luigia Colucci.

Ron’s maternal grandmother was Carolyn L. Delisio (the daughter of Robert Kresienzo Delisio and Anna Antoinette Deoto/DeOtto). Carolyn was born in Ohio, to Italian parents. Robert was born in Pacentro, Provincia dell’Aquila, Abruzzo, the son of Venanzio Delisio and Maria V. Anna was born in Castelbottaccio, Campobasso, Molise.

Sources: Information about some of Ron’s family history –

Genealogy of Ron DeSantis –

18 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Interestingly he has ancestors in Pacentro, universally known as Madonna’s paternal family hometown (and Mike Pompeo too)

    Also Pratola Peligna has other 3 related personalities in this site (Dante Di Loreto, Patty LuPone and Karen Lombardo)

    Pretty much incredibile how illiterate peasants descendants from little hilly villages left a mark in New World.

  2. porkarella says:

    He’s Baltic Slav Ukrainian, Moldavian, Russian.

  3. andrew says:

    Little correction

    St. Cosmo-Damiano, Caserta, Campania -> now Santi Cosma e Damiano, Latina, Latium

    Some municipalaties have switched region (see Lady Gaga),_Lazio

  4. bablah says:

    I was wondering if I should have used the Bavarian tag, but the only peron under that tag is Lothar Matthäus.

    • madman says:

      I wish all these province tags were removed (with a few exceptions).

      • andrew says:

        mind your business, madman (in this case)

        • madman says:

          Well, then I want Renée Zellweger to be tagged as Jämtish. Jämtland even has their own language so it should make sense. Sounds reasonable, right?

          • andrew says:

            Why not. I don’t find Jämtish as appealing as Silesian or Bavarian or Galician Jewish though

            Btw this custom about Italian regional tags was born after Ariana Grande’s tweet “I am Sicilian and Abruzzese”

          • andrew says:

            I would change the status quo though.

            Mods find those tags alright, as the only U.S.-related ones like Super Bowl MVP or People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive.

            I suggested to make a Ballon d’Or winner tag but the most popular sport in the world is a minor one here.

          • andrew says:

            Excuse me, I meant I would not change. Damn my smartphone

  5. follers says:

    Ugh, it’s monkey man.

    • jackson9 says:

      This is not a criticism of ethnic celebs, just curious, how come for tags we put down regions of Italy and not for most countries? Also mind confirming Jets legend Joe Klecko…. he is at least half Polish I believe.

      • andrew says:

        Because it’s cool (for Spain too). I think Wikipedia has something like that too (“people of Calabrian descent” for example) and it helps to understand better the Italian diaspora. Italy is a relatively young country while its regions have over 2000 years of history and cultural legacy.

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