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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raffaele, Raffaeli, Raffačle, Raffačli, Raffačlo, Raffčlli, Rafčle, Raphačl, Raffačllo, Raphae'l, Raphaël and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rafaeli research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1263, and 1535 are included under the topic Early Rafaeli History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Rafaeli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rafaeli Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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