Early Origins of the Rafaeli family
The surname Rafaeli was first found in Lucca, a city and comune in Tuscany
, capital of the province of Lucca and where Bascilican type churches abound. The history commences in 218 B.C., and passed through many hands in the intervening centuries. Many notable scholars and prelates lived here. The cathedral of St Martin was begun in 1060 by Bishop Anselm, later Pope Alexander II. It has many museums and galleries. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Rafaeli family
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Rafaeli Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Raffaele, Raffaeli, Raffaèle, Raffaèli, Raffaèlo, Raffèlli, Rafèle, Raphaèl, Raffaèllo, Raphae'l, Raphaël and many more.
Early Notables of the Rafaeli family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rafaeli family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Raphael, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina sometime between 1763 and 1764; Francis Raphael, who arrived in Boston or Charlestown, MA in 1820.