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Early Origins of the Raffaele family

The surname Raffaele 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 Raffaele family

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Raffaele Spelling Variations

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 Raffaele family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • the Raffaele family of Lucca

Raffaele Ranking

In the United States, the name Raffaele is the 18,031st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Raffaele migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raffaele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cecelia Raffaele, who settled in New York in 1906

Contemporary Notables of the name Raffaele (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Raffaele, founder of the American Orthodox Catholic Church, Western Rite Mission, Diocese of New York
  • Thomas D. Raffaele, American Democratic Party politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 11th District; Elected 2009 [2]
  • Carlo Raffaele (b. 1982), Italian football player
  • Stefano Raffaele (b. 1970), Italian comic book artist
  • Angelo Raffaele Sodano GCC (1927-2022), Italian prelate of the Catholic Church, Dean of the College of Cardinals from 2005 to 2019 and Cardinal Secretary of State from 1991 to 2006
  • Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (b. 1932), Italian Cardinal Deacon and President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
  • Raffaele Cicala, Italian business executive working in Europe, CEO of the LaSer Group and of LaSer Cofinoga
  • Raffaele La Capria (1922-2022), Italian novelist and screenwriter, winner of the Strega Prize
  • Raffaele Iannuzzi (b. 1928), birth name of Lino Jannuzzi, an Italian journalist and politician
  • Raffaele "Lele" Pinto (1945-2020), Italian rally driver who won the 1974 Rally Portugal

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook